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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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Gurgaon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I would recommend it for some shows and good surroundings. However it is the starting point for tourist buses. One can find tourist buses for the daily tours to complete Mexico City. Primarily they offer tours for North of the city and South of the City and it is recommended to have this hop in hop out tour to quickly... More

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Heidelberg, Germany
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I was lucky, I got in (in a Saturday) to see the murals, which were really interesting. But this is a working building and it seems to have no regular opening hours. Friends who tried later the same week found it shut, and on a Saturday 3 weeks later it was also closed, the guard said "it might be open... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We loved the Diego Rivera murals. Get a tour guide, they are well versed in explaining the significance of each character in the mural. Each painting tells a story.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Interesting history, the Diego Rivera murals were awesome. Our tour guide was very helpful, and there weren't too many people. Visited back in 2001.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The official residence of Mexican presidents, Spanish viceroys and Aztec kings, the building is particularly famous for the great mural paintings by Diego Rivera depicting Mexican history. It also hosts the Hidalgo Bell, the original one rung by the Father of Independence when he proclaimed independence from Spain, still rung by the Mexican President in the night of Sept.15th. to... More

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Navi Mumbai, India
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37 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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127 reviews 127 reviews
23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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96 reviews 96 reviews
16 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
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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