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Zocalo, Mexico City

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Historic Walking Area Landmark
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. Before you head to Mexico City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Mexico City vacation trip planner, to make sure you see all that Mexico City has to offer, including Zocalo.
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  • the space is large forming the plaza or square. The cathedral is impressive with the arches and many chandeliers! Pause for a moment to hear the silence in such a large cathedral  more »
  • I love the Zocalo, so much history ranging from the Metropolitan Cathedral to the amazing paintings by Diego Rivera. There's so much to see and to do. The only thing I'd say you can skip is the Aztec ...  more »
  • Whenever I feel like I can't breathe or have a panic attack in the city from the ineffable stress and distress, I seek peace and comfort from Mexican food and music, which always remind me of my Chris...  more »
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  • Look no further for the best selection of handicrafts, jewelry and pottery to take back home as souvenirs. Zocalo, a bustling street market with historical buildings and ancient churches that lend a beautiful charm and grandeur to the place is your sure stop for souvenir shopping. From high end designer wear on one side to super affordable trinkets on the other, Zocalo proves a delight to all. Food joints and delectable pastry shops line either side of the streets, paraded by people decked up in costumes of superheroes and fairy tale characters. Exhibitions, sales, live shows and performances- name it all- you have the whole place vibrant with people and activity the year round. The square with a colossal sized Mexican flag hoisted in the center provides a great spot for the mandatory photo. Authentic Mexican arts and handicraft stores, gold and silver, antiques and the history of the place make it truly worth experiencing.
  • The absolute Mexican inmensity is reflected here... magnificent scenario: the Cathedral, the remaining of Aztec Great Temple, the Grand Hotel, the City Palace and National Palace all in one set. The bad news is the joke that local Government has made of this landmark is a total disrepect to turn this solemn place into a mere market an infamous mercantile decision. However being in Constitution Plaza is a must regardless it's nowadays status. Each and every look at plaza buildings details is a cultural and never ending experience. A good call is to take a seat in Grand Hotel and look at the place, please consider that local government has kidnapped Plaza so view could be obstructed. Hope this ends short time.
  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Sadly the day I was there a large event was happening in the center of the "plaza" they had large tents set up unfortunately changing the entire atmosphere. Can't wait to get back someday and hopefully not have this problem.
  • If you like to visit a historical places in the city,this is the first stop. Here you find the ruins of our ancestors EL TEMPLO MAYOR. Also the chapel we call CATEDRAL and many others.
  • We got to see the flag be taken down. It was a nice experience. The architecture around us was really beautiful as well.

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