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Museo del Templo Mayor

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Address: Seminario 8 | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
Phone Number: 52 5 5424784
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The ruins of the temple the Aztecs believed to be center of the universe.

The ruins of the temple the Aztecs believed to be center of the universe.

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A magnificent introduction to native Mexico

Mexico City was built on an island in the middle of a lake, and the Cathedral - as often with the churches of Catholic missionaries - built directly on top of a "pagan" (ie... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mexico City was built on an island in the middle of a lake, and the Cathedral - as often with the churches of Catholic missionaries - built directly on top of a "pagan" (ie indigenous) temple. The Museum of the Great Temple offers a glimpse at the ruins of the temple that once stood here, but more importantly, the museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The history here is amazing and it is wondrous to see the ruins with the cathedral in the backdrop. The Spanish destroyed the Aztec ruins and build the cathedral with debris. It is a good walking experience and it is somewhat explained on the display boards. The adjoining museum was a total waste of time for me as it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great visitor experience. One thing lacking and that would be some information leaflet, but apparently they aren't handed around much in Mexico. Otherwise it's great. The route is well-marked and signposted both in English and Spanish. Same for the museum itself, which is beautifully designed, full of artifacts and giving great overview on prehispanic history of Mexico City. A must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a blast here! the history is amazing I climbed the pyramid of the Sun and let me tell you ..it was a once in a lifetime experience and it was exhausting! doesn't seem like it would be but take into consideration the altitude. Such stunning edifices, how they were built, just blows my mind..definetely see these if you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up here & this is the first time I've ever visited this place. It's just a short walk from the metro & the Zocalo metro stop. You could conceivably spend half a day here if not more. Great atmosphere & helpful workers.

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Chalco, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First, go to the Cathedral and look through the glass floor to see what the Spanish destroyed by building a church on top of the Templo. Then go to the Templo Mayor next door and enjoy the immersion. The excavation is continuously "in progress" and yields new discoveries regularly (the most recent being a wall of skulls from sacrifices). Use... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very good aztec temple to cut your anthropological teeth on. The accompanying museum is world class. Good example of aztec worship.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The entire area is a first stop for any visitor to grasp the history of Mexico City . The entire area is fabulous for a walking tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pyramids & Aztec Ruins (Tenochtitlán) in the middle of the centre. Like most museums, it's very cheap (and you't have to pay to take pictures). The site itself is great with very good explanations and the museums is bigger than I expected with again very good information and great pieces. Just make sure you complete this museum by visiting the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing collection of things were found here! The displays are well labeled and informative. You will see things here that are not even similar to what is in other museums.

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Staying in Centro Historico

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Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.