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Palacio National: ancient palace of Spanish viceroys

art & culture

Built on the site of the palace of the Aztec emperor, Montezuma, this building is the largest in Mexico.

The 200-metre-long Palacio was the palace of the viceroys of Spain and the presidents of the Republic in the 19th century. In 1821, in the wake of the Mexico's independence, it was called the National Palace.

Every September 15th of the year, at 11:00 p.m. sharp, the president proclaims,‘El Grito!', which is Mexico's slogan of Independence, to which the crowd responds by shouting‘Viva México!' On the main staircase and walls of the second floor are superb wall frescoes by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo's husband. They tell the history of Mexico from 1531 to 1930.

Sign up for a guided tour, and do not forget to bring your passport in order to be admitted into the palace. And check information ahead of time, as there aren't tours every day.

Plaza de la Constitución
Centro
Cuauhtémoc
06066 Ciudad de México, D.F.

+52 55 3688 1255

www.hacienda.gob.mx/cultura/museo_virtual_pal_nac/index.htm

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