Teotihuacan is one of the best-preserved
pre-Columbian cities in Mexico. It sits only 30 miles outside the city
and can easily be toured in less than a day. The city is very old, pre-
dating Christ by several hundred years. At one time, an estimated 200,000
people lived there, but by the 8th century it was abandoned. The zone
is huge, covering about 5 square miles and countless structures, chief
among them the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.
In the center of Mexico City is
El Zocalo, one of the largest public squares in the world. Dominating
the Zocalo is the Metropolitan Cathedral, Latinamerica's biggest Catholic
church. Construction began in the late 16th century but was notfinished
until the 1900s. East of the Church, lining the square, is the National
Palace, the seat of the federal government. Inside the Palace are highly
acclaimed murals by Diego Rivera that illustrate the nation's rich history.
Park, Castle and Zoo
Chapultepec Park is Mexico City's largest
park and the site of numerous historical and cultural attractions. Among
them is Chapultepec Castle, where theUS Army attempted to stage an invasion
in 1947. The castle is also the former residence of Emperor Maximillian
and Porfirio Diaz. Also in the park is the city zoo, two artificial lakes,
the reknown Museum of Anthropology, as well as various other art museums.
San Angel Cultural Center
This cultural center, situated
in the southern part of the city, was once a 17th century convent. Today
it houses a viceregal art museum and works by Correa and Villalpando.
Cuernavaca and Taxco
Both of these cities lie in the
region immediately surrounding Mexico City, and are among the most popular
excursions. Cuernavaca, a posh escape for the Mexico City's elite, is
known for its clean air, cool weather, picturesque aqueducts and walled
streets. It was the summer retreat of Hernan Cortez, who built a castle
there. Taxco, further south, is the silver-working capital of Mexico.
The entire town is a national monument.
These gardens are what remain of the old
lake city of Tenochtitlan. You can rent boats here and drink and dine
while a boatman poles you along waterways, not unlike the gondoliers
Papalote Children's Museum
A must for kids. The museum is
designed to give children a hands-on introduction to the mysteries of
the natural world. There is also an IMAX theater.
Mexico City's modern amusement
park - a full range of rides and attractions.
National Museum of Antropology:
Often hailed as Mexico's best museum, it houses the largest collection of pre-Columbian
artifacts in the world.
Rufino Tamayo Museum:
A splendid museum featuring works donated
by Tamayo himself, and many other artists.
Museum of Modern Art:
Its permanent collection includes works
by Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, Kahlo, Dr. Atl, Castellanos, Revueltas,
Tamayo, and Rodrigues Lozano.
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