Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico in Spanish) is the capital city of Mexico and one of the most important political, cultural, educational and financial centres in North America. It is ranked as the eighth richest city in the world. Settling on an altitude of more than 2,000 metres, tourists are instantly enamoured by the city’s glamour, cultural heritage and contemporary development. Every corner of the city is sprinkled with stories to tell of famous personalities and ancient tribes. While the Aztecs discovered and gave the city its culture and heritage, the Spanish revamped and added their touch. Today, the cultural amalgamation is mirrored in every landmark of Mexico City, be it the Templo Mayor, El Zócalo square, Catedral Metropolitana or Frida Kahlo museum.
Mexico City is not only the most important industrial, economic and cultural centre in the country but in the whole region of Central America also. The city’s nightlife and dining scene are impressive with a diverse selection of bars, pubs and clubs spread throughout the city. You will be spoilt for choices when you visit Mexico City as the city presents a plethora of varied entertainment options. The city will never let you get bored and will always amuse you with its cultural performances, live music, concerts and plays or shopping etc.
The cathedral was built on the North side of the Zocalo square over a period of 250 years. Like many buildings in Mexico City’s historical center, it is slowly sinking into the ground. You can get a tour to the bell tower and enjoy the view over the square.
The government building takes up the East side of the Zocalo square. It is the home of the federal treasury and the national archives. Have a look at the murals by Diego Rivera, depicting thousands of years of Mexican history and cultural heritage.
The temple was initially found by an electrical company that uncovered a large round stone depicting the Aztec moon goddess Coyolxauqui, which spurred the excavation of this, the main Aztec temple, dedicated to the gods of rain and war.
Palacio de Bellas Artes,
Mexico City’s Fine Arts Theater was planned to commemorate the centenary of Mexican independence in 1910 but was not completed until 1934. It contains murals by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo.
Frida Kahlo Museum
The Casa Azul (Blue House) in Coyoacán was the family home of the famous artist and wife of painter Diego Rivera. Their home, decorated with Mexican arts and crafts, allows visitors to have a glimpse into the private life of Frida Kahlo, who lived there for the last 14 years of her life.
The “city of the gods” on the outskirts of Mexico City was a huge urban centre with a population of about 200,000, occupied from 200 BC to 800 AD. It was one of the largest cities in the world. Visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, walk along the Avenue of the Dead, climb the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon.