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Zocalo

At the intersection of Juarez and 20 de Noviembre | Centro Histórico, Mexico City 06060, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #30 of 284 attractions in Mexico City
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas
Description: One of the largest public plazas in the world, the Zócalo is the heart of Mexico City and is one of the city's most famous attractions.
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We visited Mexico City in December and Zocalo Square is the place to be! Sunday the plaza was full of the locals arts & crafts & authentic Mexican food sold in food stalls. A giant Christmas was built in the plaza and by the early evening the square would come alive with families and their children. Zocalo Square is the... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Unimpressive plaza. The dead space in the middle of the plaza - no fountain, landscaping, benches - is kind of depressing. The giant flag straddles the boundary between impressive and tacky. The exterior of the buildings are underwhelming. Stop by, snap a few photos, and move along. Not much to see here

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Waedenswil, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The square in the center of Mexico-City is impressive. Although the president's palace is not that interessting the other buildings outweight that by far. Especially the cathedral dominates the square and complements the huge Mexican flag in the center of the square. Around Christmas they typically build an Ice-field and a snow slide - even though it's typically around 20°... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The structure is impressive, and if you pay 15 pesos they take you on a tour of the church bells, and you get to walk on the roof of the church which gives you an awesome view of the city.I enjoyed this very much and was not aware of the tour when i first got there but overheard some people... More

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Palm Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

You must start from the pyramid ruins so you will understand how Mexico city was built. The explore the whole area to see the development during colonial time. Cathedral is a must see.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This place is very important for both the past and present of Mexico but it really needs attention. Important historical buildings are sinking and they have very dirty facades. It needs URGENT restoration and architectural conservation works.

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Cheshire Ct.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Mexico City is not only safe it's magnificent. If you enjoy an urban environment with great local food, world heritage archeological sights, and museums on every corner, don't miss this city. We were a small group staying in two different hotels, The Hotel Gillow just around the corner from the historic center (zocalo- pronounced zo-cal-low ), reasonable at $60 per... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I would give this four and a half stars if i could. The cathedral is overrated but beautifully gilded. The national palace holds what may be the best collection of Diego Rivera's available. The plaza around the palace and cathedral (zocalo) is surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings. This is also where the Aztec sacred precinct was (dowtown tenochtitlan) and where... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This was our first trip to Mexico City (DF), on December 28-30, 2013. We had a Hostal just behind the main Cathedral. From the moment we arrived, the overwhelming crowds, noise, and sheer chaos of the Zocalo was utterly mind-boggling. My best advice to anyone visiting Mexico City is not to stay in the area right around the Zocalo, but... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I was in Mexico City during the Dia del Revolucion (Revolution Day) - November 20th, 2010. The Zocalo was transformed into an exquisite performance of dancers, light show and music. Fabulous. They had a projection that projected the show all around you - on all the huge buildings. The Cathedral, Palacio National, Federal District buildings were all lit up. They... More

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