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10 essential places to see in Mexico City

This list of places to see in Mexico City, formerly known as Mexico City, will help you get to know one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the world.
Located more than 2000 meters above sea level and with more than 20 million inhabitants, it has a beautiful historic center in which the Plaza del Zócalo is the great meeting point for locals and tourists who come to know this city in the which highlights the friendly nature of its people, the enormous green areas, ruins of ancient civilizations, incredible museums, charming neighborhoods and squares animated by Mariachis, next to one of the best gastronomies in the world, which make it a paradise for all those They visit her.

We know that one of the concerns of travelers before traveling to the capital is the issue of security in Mexico, so we want to comment that our experience in this aspect was incredibly positive, not feeling at any time feeling of danger or discomfort during all the days we toured Mexico City on our own.

Based on the experience of the days we spent in the city during our trip to Mexico in 45 days, we have made a list of what we believe are, the 10 places to see in Mexico City essential. We start!

1. The Zocalo

The Zocalo or Constitution Square, is the main square of the city and one of the places to visit in Mexico City more essential Being among the largest squares in the world, it impresses both its size and the frenetic activity and social life, which with five centuries of history, mixes the country's colonial and indigenous past as well as being the point of celebration of all kinds of parties, concerts, cultural activities or demonstrations, being the seat of power of the whole country.
Around the square, declared a World Heritage Site, are two of the most beautiful buildings to see in Mexico City and that you can not miss, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace.

The Baroque-style Cathedral, which took almost 250 years to complete, was ordered by Hernán Cortés to be built on top of an ancient Aztec temple, in 1524 and some of the jewels that you can see inside are the Crypt of the Archbishops, the choir, the Altarpiece of the Kings and the Royal Chapel.
In the National Palace you can marvel at great works by one of the most recognized muralists in history, Diego Rivera.
A good way to save money in Mexico City is to book the Mexico City Flexi Attractions Pass that includes several attractions and monuments such as the National Palace, the Cathedral, the Frida Kahlo tour, the tourist bus and the Teotihuacán excursion, among others.
Visiting hours of the cathedral: every day from 8 am to 8 pm.
Visiting hours of the National Palace: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.


2. Templo Mayor

Near one of the corners of the Zocalo are the ruins of the Templo Mayor, the center of the political and religious life of the ancient Mexican civilization.
This great temple located in the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, was buried as a result of the Spanish colonization of 1521, when ordering to build on it a new city.
Throughout the twentieth century different archaeologists were discovering parts of the ancient temple and soon became another of the essential places to see in Mexico City. During the visit to the ruins you can see seven new phases of temple construction that were overlapping the old ones, among which the remains of a double pyramid and other buildings stand out.
Many of the best pieces that have been found in the great temple are stored in the museum that is located on one side of the complex, which we recommend not to miss and in which its great jewel is the great stone relief of the goddess Coyolxauhqui, although there are other treasures such as the effigy of the god of fire, figures of Tláloc or Mictlantecuhtli or the spectacular monument of Tlaltecuhtli.

A good option to know the history of the city and not miss anything important is to book this free tour of Mexico City Free !.
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

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