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Plaza de la Constitutión: witness to great moments in history

art & culture

This square in the centre of Old Mexico City is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Near the Templo Mayor, Plaza de la Constitution was built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire destroyed by the conquistadors, along with its stone pyramids. Nearby are the Metropolitan Cathedral and the seat of local executive power, as well as many commercial and administrative buildings, and hotels, plus street vendors and folk dance groups.

A major attraction of Mexico City, the Plaza of the Constitution has been the privileged onlooker of great moments in Mexican history for centuries. This is where union demonstrations, cultural events, and political ceremonies take place. Commonly known as ‘El Zócalo' (‘the base' in Spanish), the square owes its nickname to the base of a monument that was supposed to stand in the middle to celebrate Mexican independence, but which was never completed.

Plaza de la Constitución
06010 Ciudad de México, D.F.

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