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Historic Center (Centro Historico)
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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City...
Ranked #14 of 544 things to do in Mexico City
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Owner description: The designated location of many of Mexico's older colonial structures.
Reviewed 8 April 2014

A visit to Mexico city requires a visit to the Historic Center / Zocalo. I made separate reviews under separate topics "Metropolitan Cathedral" (beautiful and also we loved the bell tower tour), and "Templo Mayor". Would have loved to see Diego Rivera murals in either the National Palace (but it was closed that day to due a VIP's visit) or perhaps the Education Building (but it was closed by then). Watch opening and closing hours of the attractions in this area!

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Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

A couple of things to note: 1. There is an extremely high police presence around Zocalo due to all of the government offices. 2. Shops don't open before 11am and close around 5pm. The majority of shops are jewelry shops and opticians. It's not full of the same types of tourist fare that you usually find (i.e. t-shirts, souveniers). That said, the buildings are amazing. There are lots of pedestrian only streets. Even with the crazy traffic and crowds, it is very easy to wander around. I felt safe and welcome. People couldn't have been friendlier.

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The old centre of Mexico City now has a few newly-pedestrianised streets, so walking around is much easier than it once was. The huge Cathedral is a gloomy affair although one can never forget that it was built on top of an equally huge (and presumably gloomy) Aztec pyramid. Some interesting archaeological excavation work is being conducted to the right of the cathedral. but by far the best sight is the interior of the National Palace. Free entry. Marvel at the Diego Rivera murals lining the walls. You might also be able to catch (March/April 2014) the superb Maya exhibitiion. World class. I hope they take in on a tour of world capitals.

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

The buildings here are so beautiful you don't tire of looking at them. The center it'self is also a place where you find vendors and contesters on each side.

We were there on the weekend of a national holiday so the police forces were very present. There were no problems during our stay. The stores all xlose early though.

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

The "gate form statue is easily seen when you walk by or drive by on a bus tour. A nice part of Mexican cultural statues.

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