The colourful and ever thriving Mexico City is a pleasant holiday destination. With temperate weather conditions and lively people in the community, there is no shortage of entertainment here. There may be several tourist hotspots that you can check out, but none can beat the old and well-known Historic Center of Mexico City.
Popular among locals and tourists is the bustling Historic Center of Mexico City. This particular area, also known as Centro or Centro Historico, a hub for cultural tourism. It has also been declared as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.
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The area is popularly known as Zocalo and extends throughout the streets branching to the Alameda Central. The entire centre contains prized gems of architectural and historical significance, but the main attraction is one of the largest city squares in the world - Zocalo, with an astounding dimension of 240m X 240m (57,600 m2)
In the Historic Center, there are over 1500 buildings including temples, theatres, museums and even gardens and squares, and most of these buildings have been built during the 16th and 19th centuries. Divided into two zones, Zone A buildings include the pre-Hispanic city while buildings in Zone B has buildings showing architectural and cultural heritage of the city. Spending an entire day wandering through these streets is enough for anyone to learn about Mexican culture and tradition.