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National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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Address: Avenida Pino Suarez, Corregidora esquina Guatemala | Zócalo, Mexico City 06060, Mexico
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+52 55 3688 1255
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish...

This historic building was once occupied by Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztecs, and includes a famous panoramic mural of Mexican history by Diego Rivera.

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The Palacio Nacional, originally built almost 500 years ago by orders of Hernán Cortés, is about 200 meters long. Part of the materials were taken from Moctezuma's palace.There... read more

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Palacio Nacional, originally built almost 500 years ago by orders of Hernán Cortés, is about 200 meters long. Part of the materials were taken from Moctezuma's palace.There are usually several interesting exhibitions going on, but what I love the most are the cats (yes, there are lots of lovely cats living there!), the cactuses garden, and the large Diego... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The National Palace is a nice colonial building with a great courtyard, but the real draws are the Diego Rivera murals on the second story. Well worth the visit. Enter through the north side and bring ID.

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Thank Bajuga
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

All the history of Mexico is painted by one of the most popular painters of this country. There is no fee, probably want to read something before going in there

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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Palace is no longer used as an official government building. When you go downtown to visit the main square ("Zocalo"), and the Cathedral, you should take time out to visit the arquelogical site and Museum known as "Templo Mayor", and then head to the side entrance to the National Palace. There is a brief waiting in line to... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is surprising that Palacio Nacional is not very known among turists in Mexico City, it is a beautiful place, with great murals, you can learn more about iconic former President of Mexico Benito Juarez, and see some amazing art pieces.

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Mililani Town, Hawaii, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not like Diego Rivera until I saw his murals at Palacio Nacional. Truly magnificent. He spoke of so much in them a tale of not only the history of Mexico but you can see depictions of the KKK and communist ideology. A tale of signs of the times. Very interesting. The building is beautiful also.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fortunately, we had friends who lived in Mexico City and were able to explain what we were seeing. If we had not been with friends, it is doubtful that we would have stopped there and even if we had, we would not have been able to appreciate the palace as much as we did. Diego Rivera girls are impressive and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The peace and quiet of the courtyards of the Palacio Nacional offer a welcome respite from the throngs of Mexico City. But the reason to visit is of course the Rivera murals. They're not just beautiful. They will help you appreciate the tension between indigenous and European cultures in Mexico, and all the nation's rich and tumultuous history. Best of... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the historic district in the heart of city of Mexico is full of history inside are Diego Rivera's' murals in the main stairwell and is breathtaking!

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful! It is a very beautiful place, with a lot of history. The area where it is located is not very nice, but the palace is very beautiful.

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