Mexico City is known as “The City of Palaces”, but why is this? Palaces may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the capital of Mexico, but after checking out these 5 places that explain the nickname, you’ll understand the reason for it.
1. Palacio de Bellas Artes
Without a doubt, Mexico City’s most famous palace. Even though you probably have seen it countless times in pictures of the city, this building is so beautiful that it never gets old. Serving, to this day, as a museum and a concert hall, it hard to determine which is most gorgeous, the front or the inside.
2. Palacio Postal
The old postal office is a spectacular site, with an architecture heavily influenced by the so-called Venetian Gothic style. It was built in the early twentieth century by Adamo Boari and it is one of the crown jewels of downtown Mexico City.
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3. Palacio de Minería
This beautiful, eighteenth century palace is considered one of the highlights of neoclassical architecture in the American continent. It once housed the colonial college set by the Spanish crown to teach rich young men the art of mining. Now, it is a museum and the site of the city’s yearly international book fair.
4. Palacio de Lecumberri
For many years, from 1900 to 1976, Lecumberri worked as a prison, and it may have been one of the most beautiful prisons in the world. Nowadays, it is home to the nation’s general archive and stands as a legacy of the extraordinary architecture that was the norm during dictator Porfirio Diaz’s rule.
5. Castillo de Chapultepec
Built in the eighteenth century as a summer residence for the viceroy, it also served as residence for Emperor Maximilian I. Since then, it has been used as a gunpowder storehouse, a military academy and a museum. It has, hands down, the best view of the city and the Chapultepec forest.
Make a tour through the sites that have made Mexico City “The City of Palaces” and experience the beauty and fascinating heritage of this amazing capital.