Mexico City Sights

Mexico City's principal sights fall into three areas. Allow a full day to cover each thoroughly, although you could race through them in four or five hours apiece. You can generally cover the first area—the Zócalo and Alameda Central—on foot. Getting around Zona Rosa, Bosque de Chapultepec, and Colonia Condesa may require a taxi ride or two (though the Chapultepec metro stop is conveniently

close to the park and museums), as will Coyoacán and San Angel in southern Mexico City.

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Alameda Central

  • Park/Playground

Strolling around this park is a great way to break up sightseeing in the neighborhood. During the week it's quite lively. You'll be able...

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

  • Museum/Gallery

The college, a colonial building with lovely patios, started out in the 18th century as a Jesuit school for the sons of wealthy Mexicans.

Casa de los Azulejos

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This 17th-century masterpiece acquired its name, House of Tiles, from its elaborate tile work. The dazzling designs, along with the facade's...

Catedral Metropolitana

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Construction on the largest and one of the oldest Latin American cathedrals began in the late 16th century and continued intermittently...

Centro Cultural de España

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The Cultural Center of Spain is in the heart of the downtown area. It was built in an area that Hernán Cortés himself assigned to his...

Iglesia de San Francisco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

On the site of Mexico's first convent (1524), this 18th-century structure in a French neo-Gothic style has served as a barracks, a hotel,...

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

  • Museum/Gallery

The facade of this refurbished building from the 1950s has a colonial air, but inside is one of the most contemporary art museums in...

Museo Franz Mayer

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Housed in the 16th-century Hospital de San Juan de Dios, this museum exhibits thousands of works collected by Franz Mayer, which he left...

Museo José Luis Cuevas

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Installed in a refurbished former Santa Inés convent, this inviting museum displays international modern art as well as work by Mexico's...

Museo Mexicano del Diseño

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This museum with a big gift shop and café features small expositions of contemporary Mexican design. The goals of the museum are to...

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