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Sightseeing & Landmarks in Mexico

Mexico City, a capital of the Mexico is popular around the world for its culture and heritage. It is also one of the oldest cities established by the Native Americans and is said to be constructed on the Lake Texcoco during the Aztec period. This capital city entertains its visitors with endless options of sightseeing tours, with lots of entertainment and best selling tours.

The city has so much to offer such as the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral, the Angel de la Independencia, Chapultepec, Xochimilco, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and so much more that a first-time visitor will certainly be overwhelmed.

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

This is the oldest and largest Roman Catholic cathedral in Latin America. The construction of this cathedral started in the 16th century, and it portrays a medley of baroque and neoclassical touches. It is situated atop a site that was originally meant for a temple dedicated to Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec God of War. After the Spanish conquered Mexico, they razed much of the Aztec temples and used the stones to build their own constructions. In the case of Catedral Metropolitana, nearly all of the building blocks from the nearby Templo Mayor were used to build the cathedral.

Although this church has suffered irreparable damage over the centuries, it was designated World Monuments Fund's list of 100 Most Endangered Sites in 2000, thanks to the continuous preservation efforts of Mexico City government. This superb historic attraction has four identical domes with a row of supporting columns, as well as innumerable paintings and altarpieces from the colonial era.

Address: Plaza de La Constitución S/N Centro, Cuauhtémoc 06000, Mexico City, Mexico
Tel.: +52 55 5510 0440

Arena Mexico
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Arena Mexico

Arena Mexico is famous for Lucha libre, a Mexican form of professional wrestling, endorsed by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). This popular tourist attraction is more of an entertaining form of freestyle wrestling than a sport. Masked men (luchadores) in spandex costumes fight until the winner unmasks the loser to prove his victory. This loud and rowdy wrestling provides a lot of excitement for the spectators. The place is very close to Zona Rosa and Avenida Insurgentes.

Address: Doctor Lavista 189 Doctores, Cuauhtémoc 06720, Mexico City, Mexico
Tel.: +52 55 5588 0266

Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitución)
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Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitución)

Zocalo square, formally known as the Plaza de la Constitution is located in the heart of the historic centre of Mexico City. This stunning but often crowded square is mainly used for celebrations, protests, rallies, ceremonies and other festive events. It has the Catedral Metropolitana on the north side and Federal Treasury and National archives on the eastern side. It is the main centre of attraction on the occasion of “Independence Day,” which is celebrated on September 16th, every year.

Address: Centro, Cuauhtémoc 06060 Mexico City, Mexico
Tel.: +52 954 893 6778

Angel of Independence (Angel de la Independencia)
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Angel of Independence (Angel de la Independencia)

Commonly known as el Angel, the official name of the Angel of Independence is Columna de la Independencia. This symbol of victory is situated on a roundabout over Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City. It was under construction between 1902 and 1910. A famous landmark of the city, it is a gathering place for post-game celebrations and political rallies.

Address:Paseo de La Reforma Cuauhtémoc Mexico City, DF, Mexico

Chapultepec (Bosque de Chapultepec)
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Chapultepec (Bosque de Chapultepec)

The Chapultepec or the ‘Bosque de Chapultepec’ is the biggest park in the Western Hemisphere and is spread across 1,695 acres. It serves as a huge environmental space, in the bustling city and is also considered as the Mexico City’s ‘lungs’. The Chapultepec Castle, which was once a royal residence, was built here on the Chapultepec Hill. In the present times the Chapultepec contains a zoo, Rufino Tamayo Museum, the Museum of Anthropology and many more interesting places.

Address: Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
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Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)

Located next to the Alameda Central Park, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of the major cultural hubs in Mexico City. Its construction was initialised in the 19th century, and was completed in 1934. The centre is popular for its murals which have been created by well known artists like Diego Rivera and Siqueiros. Today, it is home to many popular exhibitions and theatrical performances.

Address: Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, 06050 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

The National Palace is the place where the president of Mexico and the Federal Treasury hold their offices. Presently the palace is used as a government building, whereas in the olden times it was the ruling palace of the Aztec empire. Its interiors are filled with gorgeous murals that reflect the Mexican civilization and the other chapters in the Mexican history.

Address: Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06066 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

Xochimilco
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Xochimilco

As a part of one of the 16 delegaciones or regions, the Xochimilco was founded in the pre-Hispanic period on the shores of the Lake Xochimilco. This place is best known for its canals and reflects the effects of sudden urbanisation on the environment. It is also one of the favourite locations for the tourists; thanks to its man-made islands called the chinampas and the gondola-like boats called as the ‘trajineras’.

Great Temple (Templo Mayor)
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Great Temple (Templo Mayor)

Temple Mayor is an archaeological site located in the Zocalo next to Catedral Metropolitana. It was one of the largest and important temples of the Aztecs in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, and also houses the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán. The remains of this ancient temple were found in 1978 after workers of an electric company unearthed the Aztec stone of the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui. This amazing archaeological discovery is a part of the Historic Centre of Mexico City and included in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The Museum of the Templo Mayor, located within the precincts of the discovery site, houses all the archaeological materials excavated until date.

Address: Seminario 8, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe )
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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe )

Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe is the holiest place of Catholicism in America. This church is built near a site where a Native American named Juan Diego claimed to have seen a vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a blue mantle in 1531. Every year, around 12th of December, thousands of people visit the destination for the yearly celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast day.

Address: Plaza de las Américas 1 Villa de Guadalupe 07050, Mexico City, Mexico
Tel.: +52 55 5577 6022

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