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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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Address: Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
Phone Number:
+52 55 3688 1255
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish...

This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs, and includes a famous panoramic mural of Mexican history by Diego Rivera.

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another great place in the center

IT'S CLOSED ON MONDAY'S so make sure you plan a day not on Monday so you can see the inside of this place

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lawrence D
Longview, Texas
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Longview, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

IT'S CLOSED ON MONDAY'S so make sure you plan a day not on Monday so you can see the inside of this place

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is right there at El Zocalo, beautiful inner gardens with the history of revolutionary Mexico and big homage to Benito Juarez. But the most impressive thing of all is the main stairwell with three huge walls painted by Diego Rivera at the end of the 1940's. Take the time to admire and read the explanation of this masterpiece.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must see in Mexico City. Government issued ID is required to visit. You can see Benito Suarez living quoters, as well as beautiful paintings in the walls.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit and no admission cost. The huge murals by Diego Rivera depicting the history of Mexico City and surrounding area were amazing. Don't miss this spot.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent place to see HUGE Diego Rivera murals. The main mural covers an open two story staircase. There are smaller murals along the second story breezeway. Admission is free and the lines move fast. Located next to the Metropolitan Cathedral, this was an unexpected treat. Great central gardens as well.

Thank Greg P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

President's palace in the Zocalo in historic city center. Across the plaza from the Cathedral. Highlight is hiding inside around a monumental staircase and courtyard. It's Diego Rivera's finest murals. They are on a scale of the Sistine Chapel. Murals tell the story of Mexico. From it's birth as an idyllic society, through indian wars, conquest and two revolutions. As... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A long stroll through the gardens and park that surround the castle. It was z busy Sunday afternoon In the park. We arrived at the memorial at the top of avenue Reforma. A large monument awaits which is impressive

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St. Helena, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Luckily a professional guide approached us as we were trying to figure out how to get into the Palace. He, Martin Montiel, an author of a guidebook on the Metropolitan Cathedral, teased out of the Diego Rivera murals a most fascinating and informative sketch of Mexican history. One could spend days working out all the persons, historical symbols and implications... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to see the Rivera murals of the conquest of Mexico and was delighted that there was so much more. The murals are powerful indictment of conquest and imperialism but the palace is so much more. The Juarez apartments give you a sense of the great man as a family man and husband.The gardens let you remember that even... More 

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Brookline, MA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The palace itself is an interesting Spanish-style structure, but the main attraction for us were the remarkable Diego Rivera murals that are unparalleled.

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