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  • 1 Centro Cultural Santo Domingo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    MEX - Oaxaca

    The former convent of Santo Domingo is an exceptional setting for an equally exceptional museum. The art objects, crafts and weapons on display provide an extremely interesting panorama of the different civilisations that have lived in the State of O..

  • 2 Monte Albán Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Oaxaca

    Built on the summit of a levelled hill above Oaxaca, Monte Albán and its magnificent proportions are best seen from building E in the low-angled light of the early morning or late afternoon. The Zapotecs occupied the site from the 5C BC, making it th..

  • 3 Palenque Site: Temple of the Inscriptions Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Palenque

    The discovery in 1952 of the extraordinary tomb of King Pakal II under the Temple of the Inscriptions shook up the conventional belief that the pyramids were simply foundations supporting the sanctuaries. Surrounded by jade jewellery, the king's rema..

  • 4 Palenque Site: Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Palenque

    A vast 10m-high platform is the base for the palace, a maze-like architectural complex built during the 7C. It features courtyards, stairways, corridors and underground galleries, where you can easily get lost while admiring the magnificent stone and..

  • 5 Uxmal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Uxmal

    Uxmal, particularly beautiful at sunset, is one of the best preserved Mayan cities and was the centre of the cultural area known as Puuc (the name comes from a range of hills stretching over the northwestern Yucatán) that flourished between the 7C an..

  • 6 Uxmal : The Nunnery Quadrangele Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Uxmal

    In the Spaniards' eyes the Nunnery Quadrangle, a vast palace whose central buildings studded with doorways surround a large central courtyard (76 x 61 m), immediately evoked a convent for nuns, thus the name. Puuc art reached great heights here - in ..

  • 7 Uxmal: Governor's Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Uxmal

    The Governor's Palace was built by "Lord" Chaac, who reigned at Uxmal in the early 10C and expanded the city's influence. His throne, formed by two jaguars in the middle of the esplanade, faces the palace's main door topped by a representat..

  • 8 Codz Pop Palace (Kabah archaeological site) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Santa Elena

    The west façade of Codz Pop Palace ("rolled mat" according to a motif inside, thought to designate the royal throne) is the most eye-catching part of this Puuc site, connected to Uxmal by an 18km sacbe (paved way). The Puuc art seems to hav..

  • 9 Catedral Metropolitana Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de la Constitución MEX - Mexico

    The first stones were laid on the Catedral Metropolitana in the 16C, but construction wasn't completed until the early 19C, resulting in a plethora of styles including Renaissance (domes), Baroque (retables), Neoclassical (façade) and churrigueresque..

  • 10 Templo Mayor Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MEX - Mexico

    In 1978 a city worker's shovel hit an Aztec monolith, the Coyolxauhqui Disk. The great temple of Tenochtitlán had resurfaced! Levelled by the Spanish to build their own sanctuaries, its remains now lie at ground level; but thanks to its successive re..

  • 11 Palacio de Iturbide Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    17 Madero MEX - Mexico

    Count San Mateo de Valparaíso gave his daughter the Palacio de Iturbide as her dowry when she married the Marquis de Moncada. They say the Count was trying to protect her against a husband with expensive tastes. The striking building, designed by Gue..

  • 12 Casa de los Azulejos Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    En face de l’église de San Francisco MEX - Mexico

    The Casa de los Azulejos, the famous home of the Condes del Valle de Orizaba, united two older houses in the 17C and was decorated in the 18C with blue tiles that rival the palaces in Puebla. Sold to the Yturbe family in 1877, it became the aristocra..

  • 13 Postal Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Tacuba MEX - Mexico

    More than just a post office, this is a palace, built at the beginning of the 20C by the Italian Adamo Boari, who also designed the Museo de Bellas Artes. There is an incredible feeling of space in the building with its majestic staircase rising up t..

  • 14 Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8 Tacuba MEX - Mexico

    The Museo Nacional de Arte invites you to admire its Mexican art works from the mid-16C to the early 20C in a grandiose setting. The recent museography helps you explore the paintings by Juan Correa, Cristóbal Villalpando and José Juárez. Note in par..

  • 15 Plaza Garibaldi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MEX - Mexico

    Plaza Garibaldi, north of the Zócalo, is the quintessential place for mariachi in the Mexican capital. Dressed in the obligatory charro, the musicians do more than just sing accompanied by their guitars, trumpets and violins. If you get a chance for ..

  • 16 Palacio de Bellas Artes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MEX - Mexico

    Opera, dance and theatre are among the performances one can enjoy at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in an Art Deco décor of murals signed by masters Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The building, designed by ..

  • 17 Museo Franz Mayer Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    45 Hidalgo MEX - Mexico

    This museum bears the name of Franz Mayer, a rich collector born in Germany who acquired top-quality works of Mexican decorative art including textiles, silver, furniture and ceramics. These treasures from the colonial period are exhibited in the for..

  • 18 Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    MEX - Mexico

    This mural on display in the Museo Mural Diego Rivera is a monument, both in dimension - 65 m 2 - and in pictorial quality. The master of muralism created this historical and political fresco full of meaning in 1947, prompting both admiration and con..

  • 19 Bosque de Chapultepec Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Av. de la Reforma MEX - Mexico

    Given the scope of the pollution problem in Mexico City, it's easy to see why the Bosque de Chapultepec is so important. A veritable "green lung", this park with over 400ha has a lot going for it, from areas for picnicking, lakes for peacef..

  • 20 Castillo de Chapultepec Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Paseo de la Reforma MEX - Mexico

    Chapultepec Castle overlooks the park of the same name. The fort, built in 1785 on a promontory, was a major centre of power, and the residence of the Emperor Maximilian, Porfirio Díaz and successive Presidents of the Republic up to Lázaro Cárdenas i..

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