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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico (Centro)
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #14 of 299 Attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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 Mexican history by Diego Rivera.
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Maitland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the National Palace and thought the murals of Deigo Rivera painted on the stairway walls, astounding. They depict the history of Mexico and were painted in six years. Deigo Rivera certainly didn't have much time to himself judging by the volume of work that is on display, The realism of his work is well worth the visit.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

If you find yourself at the Historical Center, go visit the National Palace. The murals of Diego Riviera at the National Palace were impressive and tell the history of Mexico. The courtyard was lovely too.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Was closed for a Presidential event. It was extremely crowded, however, was able to enjoy one small interior section and the exterior.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

You must check out the Murals inside the palace, outside of that it gets a little boring... cool part was the palace was set on fire durign our stay due to the protests and uprisings due to the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students. Tragic!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The frescos were worth a look, and the gardens wee nice. But all the exhibits were in Spanish and it's all a but brutalist for my liking!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The murals are a must-see in Mexico City. But, without any literature on what we're looking at it was largely an uninformed visit. Diagrams identifying what/why/who was on the murals would have been more than helpful.

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Go inside and see all the outstanding wall paintings from Diego Rivera illustrating mexican history starting with spanish intrusion and endening with at the mexican revolution beginning the 20th century on the balconies of second floor. And don't miss to see the exhibition how how Mexico gained freedom from Spain.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

That's a good site, the important thing is the "Diego riviera murales". The visit is fast and it's in front of Zocalo and Cathedral.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Being a fan of Rivera, I loved this one. The murals were complex and beautiful. We got a guide (150 pesos) and thought it was worth it because he really filled us in on the many aspects of the paintings that we might have missed. Enjoyed it.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This building is full of Mexican art, murals and gardens with impressive fountains. It is a quick visit with some historical documents and the view from the main room where the "Grito de Independencia" or Independence party is celebrated.

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