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Chapultepec Castle

art & culture

The former summer residence of the royal family, now a national museum, overlooking Mexico City.

Unless you take the tourist train, you have to climb to reach Chapultepec Castle, located in the centre of the park of the same name. From up there, away from the bustle and noise of the city, the view is splendid.

The site brings together a museum on the history of Mexico covering the 16th century to the 1917 Declaration of Independence, and the castle of Emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg and Empress Charlotte. A true conservatory of art and history, the castle tells as much about the past of New Spain as the struggle for the independence of Mexico.

Amid the marble stairs and neoclassical apartments you can admire weapons, coins, costumes, and letters from the Spanish colonial period as well as paintings of epic battles, the official carriages of Benito Juárez and Emperor Maximilian, and sculptures representing the daily life of Mexicans and the history of their country. The gardens are beautiful. Do not hesitate to stop in one of the small restaurants around the castle and order a typical dish.

Castillo de Chapultepec
Bosque de Chapultepec I
Miguel Hidalgo
11100 Ciudad de México, D.F.

+52 55 4040 5215

www.castillodechapultepec.inah.gob.mx/

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