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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #13 of 291 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The Palacio Nacional wall paintings are beautiful and worth the visit. They tell the history of Mexico, from the Mayans to the colonization and nowadays.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Free entrance into Palace court yard to see Diego Rivera Murals. There were guilds giving a tour but was in Spanish. Did not see any thing with history in English

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

a beautiful historical building -main feature is the historical painting depicting the history of Mexico. Also quite beautiful back garden- a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the square, Also free entry even though the entrance is barricaded and does not look welcoming

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Dale City, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Located in the Plaza de la Constitucion (ZOCALO) this former palace and president house, built 1521-1530, now serves as the office of the Executive branch. Some inner courtyards maybe visited on showing of passport or a proper ID. Murals by Diego Rivera depict the struggle of the Mexican people from 1521 to 1930. Excellent photos from the exterior.

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful both outside & Inside! The buildings exterior seems to change with weather conditions & time of day - always a great photo opp. Do not skip visit inside climb the stairs to view the impressive murals!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Definitely worth a visit when you're by the Zocalo. Spend time with the Rivera murals and enjoying the ambiance, it's really a beautiful building and a great homage to Mexican history.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

- Free entry - Toilet on second floor - Need to pay a guide for detailed explanation but not sure how true their story would be. I rather save the money for some cheap tacos. - Only need 30mins for the whole personal tour - When you exit the palace, there will be a lot of cheap shopping waiting for... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The murals are fantastic, covering Mexican history and they took years to finish. The colors are bright, almost as if they had been painted yesterday, and the detail in amazing. Go early to avoid the crowds and take a photo id with you -- paper copies are not accepted. It's free, so spend the extra for a guide.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

In Mexico, virtually all museums are closed on Monday, leaving not a lot to do unless one likes touring churches. Downtown D.F., however, has a number of public buildings featuring famous murals. The Palacio Nacional is one of them, featuring nine splendid Diego Rivera murals. It's a bit of a hassle to get in, but well worth it (must have... More

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Diego Rivera's murals will leave you speechless. I highly recommend that you take one of the local guides that are available. It will cost you around 10 US dollars, but it is worth every penny. He/She will give you a detailed explanation of each of the murals. The Benito Juarez Museum, located inside the National Palace is also worth... More

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