National Palace, Mexico City

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#7 of 79 in Historic Sites in Mexico City
Government Building · Architectural Building
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Absorb the impressive architecture of National Palace, a government building erected on the site of the previous Aztec residence of Montezuma II, and built using materials salvaged from the ancient ruins. At the home of the federal treasury and national archives, you can admire beautiful architecture and courtyards (one of which is used to for state banquets) and enjoy amazing murals by Diego Rivera. Note that large bags must be kept in lockers on entry. Consider touring the building with a guide to enhance your understanding of its history. Plan to see National Palace and other attractions that appeal to you using our Mexico City route builder app.
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  • We never made it in to see this because we didn't know you need to reserve a government guide in advance. Stupid rule and very frustrating. We wanted to see the Rivera Murals and we waited till the... 
    We never made it in to see this because we didn't know you need to reserve a government guide in advance. Stupid rule and very frustrating. We wanted to see the Rivera Murals and we waited till the...  more »
  • We were able to go inside and see the mural of Diego Rivera and an astounding amount of great sculpture. We were told that since the new President has decided to live there, it is no longer... 
    We were able to go inside and see the mural of Diego Rivera and an astounding amount of great sculpture. We were told that since the new President has decided to live there, it is no longer...  more »
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  • Free! Must have real ID/passport, not a copy of passport to gain entry. They hold your bag for you and give you a lanyard to wear around your neck. Very big! I would block out two hours if you want to take your time and explore. On the second level there is a museum, the famous murals, and good views. You also get to see what seemed to be where there government officials use to meet. Be sure to explore the back side to see the gardens. Highly recommend!
  • The seat of Mexican government, this palaces houses both the Executive offices and the Parliament. The building is popularly known for its amazing murals by Diego Rivera, depicting the history of Mexico, along with the bell of independence housed in a niche above the Zacalo facing balcony. A must see for any history or art lover, there is much to take in when visiting the Palacio Nacional.

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