Top 15 tourist attractions in Ciudad de Mexico

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City ©Michael McCarty/Flick

Ciudad de Mexico is the capital and the most important city not only in Mexico, but in the whole area. The most stunning metropolis of the area is also the most crowded city with over 21 million inhabitants in an area of ​​almost 1,500 square kilometers. This makes it the fifth biggest city of the world.

The estate projects of the City of Mexico are countless and impressive: hundreds of skyscrapers and tall buildings are built in every district, offering a modern air to this historic city. The Colonial architecture is especially present in the historic center, there are many museums, so the area is always frequented by tourists.

 

If you want to visit the city you might need our list of the top 15 tourist attractions in Ciudad de Mexico.

City squares

Plaza de la Constitucion – Zocalo – is the main square of the area and the epicenter of festivals and protests. Before known as the Independence monument – planned but never built – the name of Zocalo has become synonymous with the “market” in the whole Mexico. The Spaniards raised their main institutions between the 16th and the 18th centuryI around this market, which was originally built as a site of ceremonies in Tenochtitlan.

The Independence Square is one of the top tourist attractions in Mexico City and it is the place where is the Angel of Independence Monument.

Plaza de la Constitucion or Zocalo

Plaza de la Constitucion or Zocalo ©RussBowling/Flick

The Latin American Tower

Latin American Tower in Ciudad de Mexico has a central location and because of his height – 183 m and 45 floors – offers a sensational view over the city.

Parks

The Xochimilco Ecological Park is located in the southern part of the city and is an extensive system of waterways and flower gardens, dating back to the time of the Aztecs. Here you can walk on the canals in colorful boats called `trajineras`.

The Chapultepec Park is a famous tourist attraction of Ciudad de Mexico located and includes several attractions: the Zoo, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Anthropology, the Children’s Museum, the Technology Museum, the Natural History Museum and the National Museum or the Castillo de Chapultepec.

Museums in Mexico City

As we speak of the top 15 tourist attractions in Ciudad de Mexico we have to mention several museums that worth to be visited.

The National Museum of Anthropology was built in the 1960s. Inside of it are the best collections of sculpture, jewelry and handicrafts belonging to ancient Mexican civilizations.

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City ©Michael McCarty/Flick

The San Carlos Museum houses some of the best paintings in Mexico, belonging to the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Rufino Tamayo Museum contains the paintings of the Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo.

The Three Cultures Square Museum includes examples of modern, colonial and pre-Columbian architecture in a single market.

The National History Museum presents extensive exhibits from the history of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

The Frida Khalo Museum – called Casa Azul – is the house where the painter lived since he was born until he died. Inside of the building you can admire his paintings and personal items.

The Dolores Olmedo Museum is in the house of a philanthropist that left his house (Hacienda La Noria) as a museum with art works by Diego Rivera. The garden surrounding the building is full of peacocks and luxurious plants. In the museum you can admire 137 of the paintings of Diego Rivera and 25 painting of Frida Kahlo.

The Museum of Modern Art includes paintings of Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, and a garden with sculptures

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art ©rutlo/Flick

Palacio Nacional

The National Palace is an important tourist attraction of Mexico City and dates back from 1693, only the top floor was added in 1920. The interior houses an impressive collection of the murals of the artist Diego Rivera. The most famous of them is the “Mexicans in the battle for freedom and independence” – a huge wall in which condense 2,000 years of history. The palace houses a small museum dedicated to Benito Juárez and the Mexican Congress.

Panteon del Tepeyac

The Panteon del Tepeyac is a cemetery where rest personalities from the history of Mexico. Every year on the 12th of December is the place of a festival dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, with dances, religious services, a carnival atmosphere that is hardly imaginable elsewhere, and there are thousands of visitors.

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