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  • 1 Historic Centre of Mexico City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de la Constitución MEX - Mexico

    The maze of streets crisscrossing the historic centre is an invitation to explore Mexico City's emblematic buildings. The Templo Mayor and its museum are reminders of the Aztec presence; the Palacio Nacional and Catedral Metropolitana lining the Zóca..

  • 2 Museo del Templo Mayor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    MEX - Mexico

    Among the 8,000 or so objects found on the site, the flint and obsidian sacrificial knives, some of them with stone eyes, send shivers down your spine. The famous basalt Coyolxauhqui Disk represents the goddess of the Moon in a very human way. The ma..

  • 3 Teotihuacán: Palace of the Quetzal-Butterfly Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - San Juan Teotihuacán

    The Palace of the Quetzal-Butterfly owes its name to the main motif on the patio columns: a mythological bird with the body of a butterfly. This residential complex, on the western side of Plaza de la Luna, was where the priests in charge of worship ..

  • 4 Museum of the Vice-Royalty Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    99 Plaza Hidalgo 99 MEX - Tepotzotlán

    The Museum of the Vice-Royalty is located in a vast complex that was both a place of worship and of study for the Jesuits and Franciscans in Tepotzotlán starting in the 16C. Its different buildings (Church of San Francisco Javier, cloisters and chape..

  • 5 Cacaxtla: Battle Mural Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - San Miguel del Milagro

    The Battle Mural shows forty-seven figures with intertwining bodies occupying a whole side of the Plaza Norte in one long frieze. The incredibly dynamic composition illustrates not a fight, but a ritual sacrifice. The disarmed losers put up not the s..

  • 6 Xochicalco: Feathered Serpent Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Acatlipa

    Eight images of Quetzalcóatl, the Feathered Serpent, cover the tableros (vertical parts) of this temple. Next to them are Maya figures and a symbol of the "New Fire", the 5 th sun. Above them you can see other noble figures facing the stair..

  • 7 Parroquia de Santa Prisca y San Sebastián Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza Borda MEX - Taxco

    Santa Prisca is one of the most touching churches in the country. Clearly designed to grab your attention from all angles, it looks from afar to be amidst the roofs. Between 1748 and 1758 José de la Borda used his almost unlimited means and the worke..

  • 8 Palenque Archaeological Site Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Palenque

    The Chiapas fog hugs the slopes of the hill on which Palenque, one of the most prestigious Mayan sites, was built. The tropical forest had taken over this huge stone sanctuary, whose peak was in the 8C AD. It wasn't dug out until the 19C, when the En..

  • 9 Xalapa Anthropology Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Avenida Xalapa MEX - Xalapa

    A trip to Xalapa is worth it for this museum alone, where you can explore the richest collection of archaeological items in the country after the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. It was inaugurated in 1986, its streamlined architecture..

  • 10 Sanctuary of Atotonilco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MEX - Atotonilco

    This gem is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built in 1745, the Sanctuary of Atotonilco contains a ceiling and six side chapels that are breathtaking, as well as an exceptional ensemble of frescoes and murals, by Miguel Antonio Martínez de Pocasang..

  • 11 Church of San Cayetano de La Valenciana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MEX - La Valenciana

    The Church of San Cayetano de La Valenciana is rightly considered the most beautiful in the region. Built between 1775 and 1788 on a commission from Count de Rul, the owner of the mine of the same name, it is an eloquent testament to his prosperity. ..

  • 12 Museo Rafael Coronel - Former convent of San Francisco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Angle Matamoros et Abasolo MEX - Zacatecas

    Rafael Coronel, a painter and collector, established an exceptional ensemble of Mexican folk art, housed in the former convent of San Francisco. The masks, a fundamental part of Mexican rites and festivals, are especially remarkable. The thousands of..

  • 13 Convent of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MEX - Guadalupe

    The Convent of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - a huge Franciscan complex built in 1707 in the purest Baroque style thanks to the generosity of the "silver aristocrats" - established itself as an advance bastion of evangelical activity in the ..

  • 14 Museo de Guadalupe de Arte Virreinal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    MEX - Guadalupe

    With its masterpieces of religious painting by Juan Correa, Cristobal de Villalpando, Felipe Santiago Gutíerrez and Miguel Cabrera (Virgin of the Apocalypse), this prolific collection is on a par with the Tepotzotlán Museum, boasting works that are g..

  • 15 Soumaya Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Calle Rio Magdalena MEX - Mexico

    Superlatives and enormity characterise this museum, which belongs to Mexican magnate Carlos Slim. The daring architectural complex, named after his deceased wife, contains some 66,000 works, including art by great masters of the likes of Rubens, Grec..

  • 16 National Museum of Anthropology Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paseo de la Reforma MEX - Mexico

    It would be impossible to sum up the National Museum of Anthropology here. Its exceptional collections highlight the diversity of cultures that make up Mexico, juxtaposing Pre-Columbian civilisations with the current reality of the country's indigeno..

  • 17 Teotihuacán Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - San Juan Teotihuacán

    During the classical era, Teotihuacán asserted itself on all levels as the most important city in Meso-America. Nowadays it is the largest archaeological site on the high Mexican plateau, as remarkable for the size and precision of its urban planning..

  • 18 Teotihuacán: Citadel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - San Juan Teotihuacán

    This vast quadrilateral (400m sides) was Teotihuacán's centre of political and religious power. It did not play a defensive role, its Spanish name of "citadel" notwithstanding. The large low-lying platform (patio escondido) is laid out like..

  • 19 Teotihuacán: Templo de Quetzalcóatl Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - San Juan Teotihuacán

    The pyramid that supported the Temple of Quetzalcóatl boasts a marvellous stone décor highlighting the talud-tablero style. Feathered serpent heads on the tablero (vertical part) alternate with stylised masks of an old water deity (with circled eyes)..

  • 20 Teotihuacán: Pyramid of the Sun Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - San Juan Teotihuacán

    The Pyramid of the Sun, the largest ancient building on the American continent (65m high with 225m sides), gets its name from its position relative to the sun's orbit. It was built above a spring, making it perhaps a symbolic mother-mountain. A templ..

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