Zocalo, Mexico City

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Built atop an ancient meeting place Zocalo serves as a center of activity in the capital, hosting protests, celebrations, and the bustle of daily life. Originally a nexus of commerce in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, the square encompasses an entire city block and has drawn visitors for more than seven centuries. Wander the expansive plaza and marvel at the surrounds, which range from pre-colonial relics to grander buildings, such as the presidential palace and national cathedral. Grab a bite to eat or a drink from one of the many surrounding restaurants, or pick up a memento of your trip at a souvenir stand. Keep your eyes peeled for the musical performances and Aztec dances that frequently take place in the square. Take a look at our Mexico City trip tool to schedule your visit to Zocalo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This square is impressive the cathedral the palacio have a lot of history.. the templo mayor is the crazy part of the square.. the only thing that makes pictures and view bad is the structure that... 
    This square is impressive the cathedral the palacio have a lot of history.. the templo mayor is the crazy part of the square.. the only thing that makes pictures and view bad is the structure that...  more »
  • This amazing area is full of people, culture, food and intrigue. Whether you are interested in uplifting Aztec culture, want to observe citizen protest, or buy something to take home. 
    This amazing area is full of people, culture, food and intrigue. Whether you are interested in uplifting Aztec culture, want to observe citizen protest, or buy something to take home.  more »
  • It's not as big as the infamous square in Beijing but it's still imposing. The vast square is surrounded by Government buildings and the Metropolitan Cathedral. A majestically oversized flat... 
    It's not as big as the infamous square in Beijing but it's still imposing. The vast square is surrounded by Government buildings and the Metropolitan Cathedral. A majestically oversized flat...  more »
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  • lots to do , lots to see , LOTS TO EAT, MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. this place is amazing. super busy area lots of people, cars, bicycles along with lots of law enforcement. seeing tourism police on almost every corner of the streets is assuring there is nothing to worry about. still stay alert but relax and enjoy all the things you can indulge in .
  • The main square in the center of Mexico City. This plaza has been using for traditional ceremonies since the Aztec era. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. This plaza is one of the most famous squares around the world. The Most Famous Squares Around the World.
  • I love this place, been here is like going back in time. The buildings are incredible, full of history. If you visit this place on Sunday, you may be able to enjoy the Aztec dancers. Showing some of their beautiful penachos, and traditions. Visit you won't regret it!!!
  • A must see destination in Mexico City's Historic District. Everything in the area is historic and descriptive of Mexico's cultural heritage from the time of the Aztecs to current time. Plenty of cops. You can only walk here, apparently. Cars are somewhere else, except for underground subway stop. I was here first on daytime after walking a few blocks from my hotel and was looking for the subway stop, which is named Zocalo, too. It afforded me grand views of the Cathedral, which is huge, plus other prominent buildings I could not recall the names now but they all looked big, old, and important. I wonder why there are no trees or any vegetation or foliage in the very wide open space. But you can seat if you want. I am grateful for the help given me by the subway people so I could take my ride in their system and go to other important destinations in Mexico City.
  • Most amazing place on earth! Friendly and hard-working people! Amazing food! Richest historic events! Innovative points of view where struggles are turned into opportunities :)

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