National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Mexico City

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Absorb the impressive architecture of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), a government building erected on the site of the previous Aztec residence of Montezuma II, and built using materials salvaged from the ancient ruins. At the home of the federal treasury and national archives, you can admire beautiful architecture and courtyards (one of which is used to for state banquets) and enjoy amazing murals by Diego Rivera. Note that large bags must be kept in lockers on entry. Consider touring the building with a guide to enhance your understanding of its history. Plan to see National Palace (Palacio Nacional) and other attractions that appeal to you using our Mexico City route builder app .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Even if you are not passionate like me to Diego Rivera one must visit this building containing murals that take your breath away. But not only. Diego Rivera murals are preserved even in the Secretaria Educacion Publica. This last building you will need to allow at least two to three hours for the visit to the impressive amount of murals content.
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  • October 2, 2017
    To visit the murals, it is necessary to book in advance. Don't do it because they are all worth
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  • October 2, 2017
    It is a good place for a very unique visit and where you can see several things; for starters, the same construction as it has a huge history, there was Benito Juárez House; in fact there is mounted a museum dedicated to it with belongings and historical data of his life very interesting and is exposed in the area where he was part of your home. Also in the Hall of some buildings we can find José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera murals. The entrance to this site is QuickTime, but you must carry identification to allow you access. You have very beautiful gardens and there are other things to do in them. A highly recommended place unfamiliar with many of the same capital.
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  • February 9, 2017
    For a place that is free to enter and walk around in, this is an incredible spot to visit. You can see a lot of Diego Rivera murals that depict some of the most monumental moments of Mexican history. Their gift shop is absolute gold as well! With everything from historical books to local artisan crafts, it's perfect for gifts.
  • July 2, 2017
    Amazing! You will get to know a lot of Mexican history in here
  • June 3, 2016
    Definitely a must-see when you're in Mexico City - the Diego Rivera murals, the architecture and the overall historical significance are well worth the trip. There are usually bilingual tour guides, and the going rate (as of October 2015) is 200 pesos/tour, which is really reasonable. You'll want a tour guide to walk you through the murals, as well as all of the myriad historical details scattered throughout the palace.
  • April 28, 2016
    This beautiful structure has an old European/Spanish style and although it generally has big lines to enter it is worth the wait. Having the opportunity of seeing the Diego Rivera murals alone it is worth the wait. Wonderful internal courtyards and gardens.
  • February 23, 2016
    Loved it! Be sure to bring your ID to leave with the guards to get in. Don't be in a hurry because you can spend hours enjoying and studying his amazing work.

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