Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Mexico City

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The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is the main square within the Tlatelolco neighbourhood of Mexico City. The name "Three Cultures" is in recognition of the three periods of Mexican history reflected by buildings in the plaza: pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent "mestizo" nation. The plaza, designed by Mexican architect and urbanist Mario Pani, was completed in 1966.The square contains the remains of Aztec temples and is flanked by the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco and by a massive housing complex built in 1964.The former headquarters of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs also stands on the southern edge of the square. This headquarters now houses a memorial museum called "Memorial 68", opened by UNAM in October 2007, to remember the 1968 Mexican student demonstrations and the Tlatelolco Massacre victims and survivors. On the south side of the Plaza stands a large stone memorial erected on October 2, 1993, the 25th anniversary of the massacre, in memory of the hundreds killed.
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  • I guess it makes it easier to attract tourists with a catchy name, and there is definitely some history, but I wouldn't say it's worth a dedicated visit.  more »
  • Visiting this place before heading out to explore Mexico City and then later Teotihuacan was really amazing. Coming from a "newer" Latin American Country, with few left from Pre Columbian times, it is...  more »
  • This area wasn't so bad. There were some of the most ancient ruins in Mexico City. It's nice to walk around. There is a church that's a couple centuries old and a few small pyramids.  more »
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  • A good place to visit but should not be a priority if you have limited time. Entrance is free of charge and there is plenty of information available. You can see that digging for artifacts is still ongoing. The highlight for me was the 'skeleton lovers'.
  • felt a lil bit spooky knowing the historic of this building/area. great young heroes at that time.
  • It is well known for being the place where students were killed at a massive massacre called by the government, a few germans asked me if there was a symbol or anything representing that, there is a museum explaining all next to that plaza!
  • very cool site showing 3 mexican eras. the pre-columbian, the conquest, and the modern era. definitely travel with a guide who will explain the history behind what you'll see.
  • Beautiful architecture and an historically important place.