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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  • I recommend paying the $400 pesos for one hour guide. This made the visit much more interesting as he told us more about the paintings of Diego Rivera. Without his help we would have not seen all the ...  more »
  • Some times there is a long line outside but it is woth it, it is unbelievable to be inside the palace, so many beautiful art and "frescos"  more »
  • A large building where you can visit the old offices and classrooms of the Presidency of Mexico, with a large central staircase which is to stage the huge murals of different periods of the history of Mexico painted by Diego Rivera is a building very former who initially in times of conquest was one of the residences of Hernán Cortés around Central magnificent of the 1520´s
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  • 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.
  • Amazing! You will get to know a lot of Mexican history in here
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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