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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico (Centro)
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As featured in 3 days in Mexico City
Ranked #13 of 289 attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs, and includes a famous panoramic mural of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

we went the days after the mexican football team was feted there prior to their leaving for the world cup, so it was pretty noisy as they were dismantling some structures. the murals were gorgeous. and very informative. liked the sense of history there. the old flags and the constitutions were well displayed. worth a visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A lot of history in this place. Diego Rivera painted several murals in the second floor, they have a history museum in the second floor as well among other interesting stuff. There is a section just for Benito Juarez who is one of the greatest presidents of Mexico. The building itself is just a great thing to see and it's... More

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Oxnard, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I have on ly seen this place on tv. was awe inspiring when i was there. the place is big. i noticed how therres no seperation of church and state, LOL. WHAT CAN I SAY, i really liked it!

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Milan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There is nothing really special about the palace, from what I saw it is similar to many others. But you surely do not want to miss the frescos from Diego Rivera that are absolute masterpieces. It's worth going through them with a guide that can reveal you all the hidden meanings.

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The palace gives you a break from the sun and the chance to observer a slice of Mexican history through the vast murals on display.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

OMG!!! There is so much to learn. The Diego Rivera's paintings are amazing. If you go, please visit the museum inside the palace. They have artifacts from the revolution the declaration of independence, and the original constitution.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I cannot recommend the National Palace with the Diego Rivera murals highly enough. They are fantastic. He painted them between 1929 - 1935, and they basically depict the history of Mexico from Aztec or pre Aztec times, through to the Spanish conquest and thereafter. They are colourful, interesting, intricate and incredibly well preserved. The paintings are on the walls of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The murals were riveting and told a story in pictures. The crowds were overwhelming getting to the Palace.

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North Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Step inside and leave behind the chaos of the world outside. What a nice way to spend the morning when it's nice and cool. We hired the guide at the foot of the stairs, which turned out to be the best decision. (Fair price, too.) Don't miss the two shops: The larger one was my favorite for the selection.

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San Juan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you visit the Palacio Nacional right on the Zócalo, please make sure you have a guide with ample knowledge of Diego Rivera's murals. They are beautiful, full of history and little nuggets. Don't keep to the stairs, wonder into the second floor and see the other paintings with details of daily life.

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