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The 9 best places to see in Mexico City

Mexico City or Mexico City has changed a lot in recent years. Today it is a vibrant city open to tourism, offering endless places to visit.

Mexico City is huge, to give you an idea, almost 9 million people live in Mexico City alone. So it is difficult to visit all the interesting places that the city offers in a short time.

If you are thinking of making a route through Mexico, including several destinations, spend at least 2 nights/3 days in the Mexican capital. In this post I tell you the 10 best places to see in Mexico City, so you don’t miss anything of the best.

1. The Plaza de la Constitucion

The Plaza de la Constitucion is one of the largest squares in the world. Where there is a constant bustle of activity and where you will also find some of the best places to see in the city.

In it you will find the Cathedral. Its full name is Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City . It is mainly Gothic in style , although other styles can be seen such as; Plateresque, Baroque, Neoclassical and Estípite.

The Cathedral began to be built in 1571 and it was not until 250 years later that its work was completed. Having a total of 5 architects throughout its construction.

In the same square you will find the National Palace, where several mural works by the artist Diego Rivera are exhibited.

2. Ruins of the Great Temple

This temple was 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 a new city to be built on it. Throughout the 20th century different archaeologists discovered parts of the old temple and today it is one of the most interesting places to visit in the city.

During the visit you can see seven phases of construction of the temple that were superimposed on the old ones. Remains of a double pyramid and other buildings can be seen .

Many of the best pieces that have been found in the great temple are kept in the museum that is located on one side of the complex.

3. Stroll down Francisco I. Madero Street

This street is one of the most emblematic of the city. It is a pedestrian street where there are always many people and atmosphere. Its buildings are of great architectural and cultural value. There are many shops, restaurants…

Some of the most outstanding buildings on this street are; the Iturbide Palace, the Borda House, the Guardiola Building, the “La Mexicana” building, the House of Tiles, the Temple of the Profesa and the Latin American Tower.

4. Do not miss the Bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacan

This neighborhood has been a residence for artists over the years, who settled in large colonial houses.

One of the most popular places in the neighborhood is the famous Blue House where Frida Kahlo lived with her husband Diego Rivera. It is currently a museum.

Other places in the neighborhood interesting to know are; The Parish of San Juan Bautista, the Centennial Garden, the Municipal House, the Leon Trotsky House Museum, the market, the House of Hernan Cortes and the Plaza de la Conchita.

5. Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts is located at one end of the Alameda Central Park.

It is a beautiful lyrical theater, through which great opera stars such as María Callas, Luciano Pavarotti. The Palace is a fusion of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles in which a Carrara marble facade stands out, a huge bronze dome and beautiful sculptures that adorn its exterior and an interior in which the 17 murals of seven national artists stand out. and the opalescent glass curtain of the Main Hall.

6. Visit the Barrio de San Andres

The Barrio de San Andres was in its time an old colonial town, with the passage of time and the city growing at times, it ended up becoming one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city.

There are still many buildings in both the colonial style and the old Mexican style. It is pleasant to walk through its streets, and enjoy its squares. The most popular squares are Plaza San Jacinto and Plaza del Carmen. Here you will find small markets for crafts and paintings.

7. Breathe and walk calmly through the Bosque de Chapultepec + Museum of Anthropology

Chapultepec Forest is the green lung of the city. You can enjoy walks along the man-made lake, walk or bike along the trails, or have a picnic.

In addition, the park has a large number of museums.

The most popular museum and that you cannot miss is the Museum of Anthropology , it is one of the most important museums on the continent as it has the largest collection of pre-Hispanic art in the world in which among its most important objects are the Stone of the Sun, the tomb of Pakal, the Monolith of Tlaloc and the Teotihuacan sculptures, among many others.
8. Take a trip to Teotihuacan

One of the most important archaeological zones around Mexico City in the Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone.

This complex was a flourishing pre-Columbian city.

The best way to visit it is with an organized tour that picks you up at your hotel in Mexico City. When you arrive at the archaeological zone, a guide will take you all the way visiting; the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, the palace of Quetzalapalotl, the Calzada de los Muertos and the temple of Quetzalcoatl.

9. Basilica of Guadalupe

The Basilica of Guadalupe is located at the foot of the Cerro del Tepeyac. The Basilica of Guadalupe is the second most visited Catholic site in the world, behind the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.

Currently the Basilica functions as an expiatory temple to Christ the King.

A good option to visit the basilica, the hill, the Capilla del Cerrito and the surroundings is by taking a guided tour.

9. Basilica of Guadalupe

The Basilica of Guadalupe is located at the foot of the Cerro del Tepeyac. The Basilica of Guadalupe is the second most visited Catholic site in the world, behind the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.

Currently the Basilica functions as an expiatory temple to Christ the King.

A good option to visit the basilica, the hill, the Capilla del Cerrito and the surroundings is by taking a guided tour.

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