Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Historic Centre of Mexico City

The Centro Historico in the centre of Mexico City has been a vibrant hub of culture, religion and politics since the Aztec era. An organised grid of streets extends form the Zocalo, the city’s political and social gathering place, leading to incredible churches and palaces, some of which have been turned into fine museums, whilst also you can find great colonial buildings.

The old city centre of the Historic Centre, centred around the Plaza de la Constitucion, is an area clearly different form the rest of the Mexican capital. Its colonial and European architecture and narrow cobblestone streets set it apart from the rest of the city.

The Centro Historico, the original foundation of Mexico City, was built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec Empire capital established around 1325 and destroyed by the Spanish in 1521. It contains a large amount of old buildings that date back to the 16th century. Due to its significance, it was included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites (1987). 

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