With origins that date back several centuries, Mexico City is a wellspring of history. Beginning as the Aztec-built Tenochtitlan, the city was erected in the 14th century. The Spanish arrived nearly 200 years later, conquering the grand city only to rebuild from the ruins of its temples, pyramids, and palaces. Their new and opulent construction earned its nickname “The City of Palaces” and forms the center of modern-day Mexico City. Contemporary art and culture flourish here among the Spanish Colonial architecture, giving the city a character all its own. Mexico City boasts 10 archaeological sites and more museums than any other city worldwide. It is the Western Hemisphere’s oldest continuously inhabited city and is over 700 square miles in area.
The Historic Center of Mexico City comprises an area of 30 blocks, including the impressive town square. The Zocalo is the second largest town square in the world. Once the location of Tenochtitlan, the Zocalo still houses the ruins of the Aztecs’ Templo Mayor. Visitors can walk through what remains of the main ceremonial pyramid and see the Templo Mayor Museum, where artifacts and models illuminate the history of this great Aztec masterpiece.
In Mexico City, temples of ancient religions exist alongside Christian cathedrals and shrines. The echo of history reverberates here with elements of ancient, colonial, and contemporary influence. Join us to experience the splendor of this wonderful city.