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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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Address: Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
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+52 55 3688 1255
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish...

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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The Palacio Nacional is a curiosity from the outside, with a drab nondescript exterior, balconies that are two small for celebrating independence, etc. But the interior is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Palacio Nacional is a curiosity from the outside, with a drab nondescript exterior, balconies that are two small for celebrating independence, etc. But the interior is a marvelous expression of authentic Spanish (think Moorish) architecture with long vistas, arcades of substance and interior courts that inspire poetry. Diego Rivera created murals to capture the tumultuous cultural collision between the... More 

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Nanticoke, Maryland Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The National Palace sits on Mexico City' s Zocalo, the historic center of Mexico City. It was built originally on the site of the palace of Aztec emperor Moctezuma. Presently it holds the offices of the president of Mexico and Federal Treasury. Museum exhibitions about Mexico's history and arts are also presented here. But the main reason for visiting this... More 

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Bellaire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you go to Mexico City, you must see the Rivera murals in the Palacio Nacional if you don't see anything else! Here Rivera illustrated the entire history of Mexico, from idealized depictions of life pre-Conquest (except that one figure is holding up a chopped-off arm!) to the cascading tragedies that followed the arrival of Cortez. As art the murals... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Diego murals were really good. You would really appreciate a good guide in this place. We learnt more from the guide than what we could glean ourselves from the murals. The parliament room is also very beautiful. There is a multimedia show that is supposed to give you a really good glimpse of all the wonders of Mexico but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic place to visit. Free of charge, you enter beautiful gardens of the palace and then, inside you can see amazing wall paintings by Diego Rivera that resemble a graphic novel of the Mexican history (including recent). I have never seen anything similar anywhere. True edutainment. Highly reccomend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a little nervous at first about the barricades and guards around the building but I was pleasantly surprised with how friendly and helpful the guards were. The entrance is on the side of the palace that is closest to the Cathedral. You have to give them an ID to go in. You cannot wear hats or sunglasses on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You would never know that the inside of Palacio Nacional is so peaceful and serene. The high walled Palace from the outside looks like a fortress. However, once inside, it is an airy, beautiful location, with many smaller buildings. The main reason we visited was to see the Diego Rivera Murals - and they did not disappoint. What an amazing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiance and I decided to visit the National Palace on a whim. In fact, we didn't even know what it was - he thought we were in line to see some sort of printing press. At any rate, we were pleasantly surprised when we walked in. This was one of our favorite spots we visited in Mexico City. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting Diego Rivera murals and magesterial building. Well worth the visit. Don't be put off by the barricades and men in uniform or by the request to leave your ID at the door...One ID per group is sufficient. They have a lanyard and numbered card for you to use when you retrieve your ID at the exit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to go when you are in Mexico City. Zocalo (the old part of Mexico City DF) is where all the original Spanish infrastructure exists as it sinks into the somewhat dry lakebed that is Mexico City. The National Palace has the most amazing Diego Rivera art I have ever seen. Truly breathtaking and somewhat overwhelming. Make sure to... More 

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