Explore centuries of Mexican history and marvel at the fascinating collection of murals by Diego Rivera in the national palace of Mexico City.
Admire the great colonial architecture, explore the courtyards, observe the works of famous Mexican artists and check out the presidential offices.
This site was originally the residence of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, in the 16th century, later it became the palace of Hernán Cortés, and later it was the home of the viceroys of Spain. It was transformed into the National Palace in the 19th century and to this day it continues to be the seat of the Federal Government.
Stand in front of the main entrance of the building and contemplate its magnificent facade, with two imposing towers on the sides.
Above the main door is the Dolores bell, which priest Miguel Hidalgo rang to begin the struggle for Mexican independence, in 1810. Every year, on September 15, at 11:00 p.m., the president from Mexico rings this same bell as part of the traditional shouting ceremony of the Independence of Mexico.
It crosses the Baroque style door to enter the main courtyard of the palace, which is characterized by being surrounded by three-level arcade and Renaissance columns. Admire the central fountain, decorated with the elegant bronze Pegasus statue.
Go up the stairs to the patio on the second floor and see the magnificent murals of Diego Rivera. Made during a period of 22 years, the murals portray important events in the history of the country, from the time of the Aztecs to the early twentieth century.
Check out the halls of the palace to see the furniture of the time, the colonial-style decoration and some pieces of art.
The National Palace is located on the east side of the Zocalo of Mexico City, considered as the heart of its Historic Center.
The public bus, the metro and the bus stop near the palace. Also visit nearby attractions, such as the 16th-century Metropolitan Cathedral and the Aztec ruins of the Museo del Templo Mayor.
The National Palace is open every day, however, it may be closed without notice if the government holds events. Admission is free by presenting a photo ID.