“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” Robert Louis Stevenson
The historic center of Mexico City is a grand cluster of stunning architectural achievements built on the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The zone contains block after block of stone and vividly colored edifices lining cobbled streets radiating out from the central Zocalo square, which itself is the second largest such space in the world.
Abuzz with activity, the zone’s more than 9,000 historic buildings contain a multitude of offices, restaurants and stores of every variety. Tourists, businessmen and beggars roam the streets, dodging speeding taxis and mopeds as they do about their business.
Flanking the Zocalo to the north is the Metropolitan Cathedral, built of the remains of the Aztec Templo Mayor, which was temple of the gods of war and of rain and agriculture at the orders of the conquering Cortés. To the east, encompassing an entire blog is the National Palace, which houses the office of the president of Mexico. Like the cathedral, the palace too was built of Aztec materials, this time the remains of the destroyed palace of Moctezuma II.
At the western edge of the district lies the Palacio del Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), a strikingly beautiful building facing a prominent square and overlooked by the iconic Torre Latinoamericana. (Latin American Tower).