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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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Address: Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
Phone Number:
+52 55 3688 1255
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Very beautiful area, I believe this to be a Mexican treasure and a must see while in the City of Mexico.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 December 2013
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Penticton, British Columbia
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Penticton, British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

Very beautiful area, I believe this to be a Mexican treasure and a must see while in the City of Mexico.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Diego Rivera's art is stunbing (though clearly propogana at the very least and blatently untrue - or at least one sided at the worst). The building is sinking and beutiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

If you are in Mexico City, you have to see this building! We passed it everyday & stopped to admire it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

The murals you usually see in travel books and magazines are on the walls of the grand staircase. These are just a subset of an extensive series in the National Palace. We spent a couple of hours here during our walking tour of the city center. Definitely worth your time and it's free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

If you do not have time to visit the Secretaria de la Educacion Publica to see the 100+ Diego Rivera murals, make yime for the Palacio Nacional. It is free and the building is open and airey with gardens outback. The murals are stunning and reflect Diego's political leanings. The murals are either very well maintained or have been restored.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Free entrance to the whole building. could see Diego's murals starting from the main stairways. Beautiful gardens on the back side.

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Riccione, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

A whole big story of the Mexican folk in the Murales on the walls. The garden is beautiful, and finally you understand, where all the cats are!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

If you love Diego Rivera's murals then you MUST visit this site. The architecture is wonderful too. And it's free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

Positioned right on the zocalo, the National Palace is well worth a visit. Entry is free, and the murals show a condensed pictorial representation of Mexican history, with lots of fascinating allegories thrown in. If you don't have a guide, a guidebook and pictures are available from a man at the foot of the main staircase.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

Try to find out when the National Palace is open for visitors. While we were there, it was closed for several days. We were surprised and thrilled to find it open the last day we were there. The Diego Rivera murals are fantastic and definitely worth the tour!

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