Zócalo: The Birthplace of the Constitution
Do you have an eye for historical sites?
In Mexico City, you will be able to have fun and learn at the same time. If you want to start your journey in this amazing place. Why not start at the heart of it?
Zócalo, the beating heart of Mexico City, is - where the country's first constitution was proclaimed in 1813. Besides its deep historical background, it is also one of the world's largest squares and was laid out almost immediately after the conquest of the former Aztec city of Tenochtitlán on which it stands. This makes it one of the center place used for festivals, parades, and demonstrations.
Now, where's the fun?
Zócalo is reign by three of the city's most visited tourist attractions - the National Palace (the seat of the Federal Executive Power of Mexico), the Metropolitan Cathedral (headquarters of the Archdiocese of Mexico), and the Templo Mayor with its Aztec relics - Zócalo is the perfect place to begin exploring this historic city. Also here, there is a great Hotel called the Gran Hotel, it has a great terrace for drinks. "Its impressive Art Nouveau architecture and each of its decorative details, from its luxurious Louis XV lamp at the entrance to its emblematic Tiffany-style stained glass window, one of the four largest in the world, will make you feel part of five centuries of history, staying in the most iconic hotel in the city in an atmosphere of classic luxury, attention to detail and unique service. (via Gran Hotel)
Most of the streets that go from Palacio de Bellas Artes to Zocalo are pedestrian-only. Imagine being able to appreciate the scenery slowly taking in the greatness around you. Churches from the Spanish Conquer, interesting museums, like the Museo de la Tolerancia. Many events are hosted there, for the people living in CDMX. For Christmas, the government installs an ice skating rink.
P.S. Picture below shows the three floors of murals by the famous artist Diego Rivera at the Secretaría de Educación Pública (education ministry). Only a short distance from Zócalo could get you there and entry is free!