31 Sights in Mexico City, Mexico (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Mexico City, Mexico. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 31 sights are available in Mexico City, Mexico.

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1. Templo Mayor

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The Templo Mayor was the main temple of the Mexica people in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, which is now Mexico City. Its architectural style belongs to the late Postclassic period of Mesoamerica. The temple was called the Huēyi Teōcalli [we:ˈi teoːˈkali] in the Nahuatl language. It was dedicated simultaneously to Huitzilopochtli, god of war, and Tlaloc, god of rain and agriculture, each of which had a shrine at the top of the pyramid with separate staircases. The spire in the center of the adjacent image was devoted to Quetzalcoatl in his form as the wind god, Ehecatl. The Great Temple devoted to Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc, measuring approximately 100 by 80 m at its base, dominated the Sacred Precinct. Construction of the first temple began sometime after 1325, and it was rebuilt six times. The temple was destroyed by the Spanish in 1521 to make way for the new Mexico City cathedral.

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2. Iglesia de San Francisco

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The Convent of San Francisco is located at the western end of Madero Street in the historic center of Mexico City, near the Torre Latinoamericana and is all that remains of the church and monastery complex. This complex was the headquarters of the first twelve Franciscan friars headed by Martín de Valencia who came to Mexico after receiving the first authorization from the Pope to evangelize in New Spain. In the early colonial period, this was one of the largest and most influential monasteries in Mexico City. It was built on the site of where Moctezuma II’s zoo once was. At its peak, the church and monastery covered the blocks now bordered by Bolivar, Madero, Eje Central and Venustiano Carranza Streets, for a total area of 32,224 square metres.

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3. Museo Nacional de Arte

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The Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) is the Mexican national art museum, located in the historical center of Mexico City. The museum is housed in a neoclassical building at No. 8 Tacuba, Col. Centro, Mexico City. It includes a large collection representing the history of Mexican art from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid 20th century. It is recognizable by Manuel Tolsá's large equestrian statue of Charles IV of Spain, who was the monarch just before Mexico gained its independence. It was originally in the Zocalo but it was moved to several locations, not out of deference to the king but rather to conserve a piece of art, according to the plaque at the base. It arrived at its present location in 1979.

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4. Palacio Postal

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The Palacio de Correos de México also known as the "Correo Mayor" is located in the historic center of Mexico City, on the Eje Central near the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It was built in 1907, when the Post Office here became a separate government entity. Its design and construction was the most modern of the time, including a very eclectic style mixing several different traditions mainly Neo-Plateresque into a very complex design. In the 1950s, the building was modified in a way that caused stress and damage, so when the 1985 earthquake struck Mexico City, this building was heavily damaged. In the 1990s, restoration work has brought the building back to original construction and appearance.

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5. Antigua Academia de San Carlos

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The Academy of San Carlos is located at 22 Academia Street in just northeast of the main plaza of Mexico City. It was the first major art academy and the first art museum in the Americas. It was founded in 1781 as the School of Engraving and moved to the Academia Street location about 10 years later. It emphasized classical European training until the early 20th century, when it shifted to a more modern perspective. At this time, it also integrated with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, eventually becoming the Faculty of Arts and Design, which is based in Xochimilco. Currently, only graduate courses of the modern school are given in the original academy building.

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6. Nuestra Señora del Pilar

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La Enseñanza Church (1772-1778) is located on 104 Donceles Street in the historic center of Mexico City. The Mexican Churrigueresque style of this church, especially that of its altarpieces, is upheld as the pinnacle of the Baroque period in Mexico, as this style soon gave way to the Neoclassic shortly after this church was built. The church’s official name is Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The former convent was called El Convento de la Enseñanza La Antigua, from which is derived the church’s popular name. After the Reform War, the convent was disbanded. The complex has had various uses, but the church has been returned to its sacred function.

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7. Iglesia del Niño Jesús

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The Church of Jesus of Nazareth is a Catholic church in the historic center of Mexico City, in the office of the mayor of Cuauht é moc, built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and modified in the nineteenth century. Attached to the hospital of the same name, it features the jos é clementeorozco with murals of the end of the world, the remains of polite hernan and the facade of Mexico's first cathedral, which dates back to the end of the sixteenth century and is one of the few architectural elements of that century preserved in the historic center of the city. The temple was declared a historic monument on August 29, 1932.

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8. Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México

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The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. It is situated atop the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor on the northern side of the Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo) in the historic center of Mexico City. The cathedral was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 around the original church that was constructed soon after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan, eventually replacing it entirely. Spanish architect Claudio de Arciniega planned the construction, drawing inspiration from Gothic cathedrals in Spain.

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9. Palacio de Minería

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The Palace of Mining, also Palace of Mines, is a building in Mexico City, Mexico, considered to be a fine example of Neoclassical architecture in the Americas. It was designed and built between 1797 and 1813 by Valencian Spanish sculptor and architect Manuel Tolsá. It was built to house the Royal School of Mines and Mining of the Royal Court at the request of its director, Fausto Elhuyar, a scientifically-trained mineralogist. Later it housed other institutions such as the National University, the School of Engineering, College of Mines and the Physics Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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10. Museo Interactivo de Economía

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MIDE, Interactive Museum of Economics or simply MIDE is the first museum in the world dedicated exclusively to economics. The museum was opened in 2006 and is located on Tacuba Street in the historic center of Mexico City. The museum is open to the public and features hands-on exhibits meant to make the basic concepts of economics fun and engaging. The museum is housed in the old Bethlehemite convent and hospital. Before the Bank of Mexico acquired the building in 1990, it was in ruins and filled with debris. It took fifteen years to restore the building to what it probably looked like in the 19th century.

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11. Torre Latinoamericana

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The Torre Latinoamericana is a skyscraper in downtown Mexico City, situated in the historic city center. Its central location, height, and history make it one of the city's most important landmarks. It is widely recognized internationally as an engineering and architectural landmark since it was the world's first major skyscraper successfully built on highly active seismic zone. The skyscraper notably withstood the 8.1 magnitude 1985 Mexico City earthquake without damage, whereas several other structures in the downtown area were damaged.

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12. Basílica de San José y Nuestra Señora del Sagrado Corazón

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The Basilica of San José and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, is a Catholic temple located in the San Juan neighborhood of the Historic Center of Mexico City in the Mayor's Office Cuauhtémoc. It was built at the end of the 18th century and rebuilt in the mid -nineteenth century. His employer party is celebrated on March 19. It is characterized by being one of the few colonial constructions that are preserved in the San Juan neighborhood and for holding the title of Minor Basilica. It was declared a historic monument on February 9, 1931,

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13. Palacio de Iturbide

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The Palace of Iturbide is a large palatial residence located in the historic center of Mexico City at Madero Street #17. It was built by the Count of San Mateo Valparaíso as a wedding gift for his daughter. It gained the name “Palace of Iturbide” because Agustín de Iturbide lived there and accepted the crown of the First Mexican Empire at the palace after independence from Spain. Today, the restored building houses the Fomento Cultural Banamex; it has been renamed the Palacio de Cultura Banamex.

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14. MODO - Museo del Objeto del Objeto

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The Museo del Objeto, or MODO, is a museum in Mexico City and the first museum in Mexico dedicated to design and communications. It was opened in 2010 based on a collection of commercial packaging, advertising, graphic arts, common devices and many other objects dating back to 1810 collected by Bruno Newman over more than 40 years. The museum is dedicated to the preservation of its collection of more than 30,000 items from two centuries and to the research in the history of design and communications.

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15. Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe El Buen Tono

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The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as the Church of the Good Tone, is a temple located in the San Juan neighborhood of the Historic Center of Mexico City in the Mayor's Office Cuauhtémoc. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century. His employer party is celebrated on December 12. It is characterized by being the only temple in the country that is referred to with the name of a manufacturing establishment, as well as its eclectic style of French inspiration.

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16. Casa Lamm

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The Casa Lamm Cultural Center is the best known landmark in Colonia Roma. It was a house built in the early 20th century when Colonia Roma was a new neighborhood for the wealthy leaving the historic center of Mexico City. In the 1990s, the house was restored to open as a cultural center in 1994, with the aim of making the area a center for the visual arts. Today, it hosts numerous exhibits as well as offering classes, even degrees, in art and literature.

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17. Palacio de Bellas Artes

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The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a prominent cultural center in Mexico City. It has hosted notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera and literature in Mexico and has held important exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography. Consequently, the Palacio de Bellas Artes has been called the "Cathedral of Art in Mexico". The building is located on the western side of the historic center of Mexico City next to the Alameda Central park.

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18. Iglesia de la Profesa

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The Church of San Felipe Neri, commonly known as "La Profesa", is a Roman Catholic parish church that was established by the Society of Jesus late in the 16th century as the church of a community of professed Jesuits. The church is considered to be an important transitional work between the more sober or moderate Baroque style of the 17th century and the extremely decorated manifestations of the Baroque of the 18th century in Mexico.

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19. Templo de Corpus Christi

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The Corpus Christi Church is a former church on Avenida Juárez in the Historic center of Mexico City. It is the only remaining part of the Convent of Corpus Christi, founded in 1724 for Indian women and which was closed as part of the Reform Laws. The architect of the baroque structure was Pedro de Arrieta who also designed the Palace of the Inquisition and the Church of San Felipe Neri "La Profesa".

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20. El Caballito

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The equestrian statue of Charles IV of Spain is a bronze sculpture cast by Manuel Tolsá built between 1796 and 1803 in Mexico City, Mexico in honour of King Charles IV of Spain, then the last ruler of the New Spain. This statue has been displayed in different points of the city and is considered one of the finest achievements of Mr. Tolsá. It now resides in Plaza Manuel Tolsá.

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21. Estela de Luz

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The Estela de Luz is a monument in Mexico City built in 2011 to commemorate the bicentenary of Mexico's independence from Spanish rule. Its design was the winning entry in an invited competition to seek the best combination of Mexico's past and future; the design uses quartz and electric lighting to achieve this effect. The Estela de Luz is mainly used for cultural events.

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22. Fuente de Cibeles

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The Fountain of Cybele in Mexico City is a bronze replica of the fountain located in the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid that was built during the reign of Charles III by architect Ventura Rodríguez between 1777 and 1792. The Mexican version is located at a traffic circle in Plaza Villa de Madrid, where Oaxaca, Durango, Medellín and El Oro streets converge in Colonia Roma.

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23. Biblioteca de México José Vasconcelos

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The castle is a building in Mexico City built by Spanish architect Jos é Antonio Gonz á lez Vel á zquez between 1793 and 1807 to house Mexican cigars and the royal factory of cigars. Inside the building are the Mexican Library "Jos é vas concelos" and the Image Centre, as well as the headquarters of the General Library Directorate of the Secretariat of Culture.

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24. Casa de Carranza

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The Casa Carranza Museum is located in the Cuaut é moc colony in Mexico City. Named after Venetian President Carranza, who lived there for the last six months of his life, the museum tells the story of the Mexican revolution, focusing on parts related to Carranza, the reasons for the confrontation with Alvaro Aubregon and the betrayal of Victorian gardens.

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25. Insurgentes

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Glorieta de Insurgentes is a large roundabout formed at the intersection of Avenida Chapultepec and Avenida de los Insurgentes, in Mexico City. In it flow both Oaxaca Avenue and the streets of Jalapa and Génova, which give access to Colonia Roma Norte for the first and the Zona Rosa of the Colonia Juarez for the latter.

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26. Ché Guevara y Fidel Castro

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Ché Guevara y Fidel Castro Alberto Korda / Public domain

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, writer, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.

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27. Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

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The Museum of Memory and Tolerance is the museum district of Mexico City. It opened on 18 October 2010 and aims to spread respect for diversity and tolerance based on historical memory through the use of genocide exhibits and multimedia presentations on the values of tolerance.

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28. Santa Vera Cruz

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The Santa Veracruz Monastery in the historic center of Mexico City is one of the oldest religious establishments in Mexico City and was the third most important church in the area in the 16th century. It was established by a religious brotherhood founded by Hernán Cortés.

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29. Archivo de la Fotografía

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The Museo Archivo de la Fotografía is a museum in the Historic center of Mexico City located in "La Casa de las Ajaracas", built at the end of the 16th century, at Guatemala street #34. The museum is dedicated to the conservation, research and distribution of photography.

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30. Templo de San Fernando

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The Temple of San Fernando is a Catholic temple located in a war colony adjacent to the pantheon of the same name. He was part of the Faithful Propaganda Apostolic Academy of the Franciscan Order, where he organized missionaries involved in evangelization in New Spain.

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31. Museo Universitario del Chopo UNAM

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The Museo Universitario del Chopo is located at Doctor Enrique González Martínez Street in the Colonia Santa María la Ribera of Mexico City. It has collections in contemporary art, and is part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

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