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. Put National Palace (Palacio Nacional) into our Mexico City tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The Palacio Nacional is a curiosity from the outside, with a drab nondescript exterior, balconies that are two small for celebrating independence, etc. But the interior is a marvelous expression of au...  more »
  • It is a great place to visit, there are free guided tours that are especially recommended to understand the context of the elements that comprise it. The murals of Diego Rivera are excepcionalemente only.
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  • The socket of the city of Mexico, is a historic and beautiful place, but unfortunately it has been invaded by many negative factors, from social groups that take it to put pressure on the Government, decentralising, among other things, I believe that at the time that the authorities intend to recover it as it is a public space and give it a good use You can be one of the most beautiful of the capital, by its history and be surrounded by po authentic palaces, by the magnificence of its buildings.
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  • Bonito lugar recomiendo que lo visiten
  • 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.
  • Wonderful Rivera murals, as others have mentioned. Really enjoyed the exhibit on Mexican masks, as well as the immersive multimedia presentation on Mexico's 33 world heritage sites (30 mins, timed entry). Everything is free.
  • The public entrance can be found on Moneda st. Outside there are guides that speak english and can enhance your visit for $25 US for a 2 hour guided tour. The Rivera mural here is a must see, as it encapsulates all of Mexican history, and is the perfect item for your guide to instruct you on.