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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  • Diego's murals are a must. Make sure to bring your ID! I was able to use my U.S. driver's license to gain admittance for both my husband and I. You will have to check your bags as well. We went around...  more »
  • Here you can learn a bit about the history of Mexico and the integration of the Spanish. Many artifacts and rooms displayed in the time period they represent.  more »
  • The Palace is a remarkable building, but perhaps its greatest interest lies in that houses murals by Diego Rivera. Magnificent account of the history of Mexico in an outstanding environment. Essential.
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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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