Palacio Nacional

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Hernán Cortés, the conqueror of Mexico, built this government palace in 1693 on the very same site where the legendary Moctezuma's residence once stood. The Palacio Nacional that we see today is almost an identical twin of its old self except for the building's ornately-decorated topmost floor that was added in the late 1920s. The structure's interiors are even more impressive; housing a mind-boggling selection of vivid and figurative murals that were collected by Diego Rivera over the course of his lifetime. While his collection is enormous, the "Epic of the Mexican People" mural is by far the Palacio's centerpiece which manages to artistically condense nearly two thousand years worth of history onto the space of an enormous wall. The palace also houses a small museum dedicated to Benito Juárez and the Mexican Congress.

Location:  Plaza de la Constitución

Business hours:  Tu-Su 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.