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Palacio Nacional

The walls of both the courtyard and the stairway bear one of the most famous murals by Diego Rivera

The national palace takes up the eastern side of the Zócalo. Built on the site of the Palace of Moctezuma, the building originally served as a residence for Mexico’s first colonial master, Cortés. Initially, it was a fortress-like structure with heavy armaments and fortified towers, which soon became the Vicreregal Palace when it was sold to the crown in 1562. It was subsequently destroyed by angry mobs and rebuilt in colonial baroque in 1692. It has a facade of red volcanic stone called tezontle and the top floor was added by President Calles in the 1920s. The Palacio Nacional houses various government departments including the treasury. Over the central door hangs the Liberty Bell, rung every year at 2300 on 15 September by the president, who commemorates independence from Spain and gives El Grito: ‘¡Viva México!’ The act declaring Mexican Independence was signed in the Salon of Agreements and Benito Juárez lived in the palace during his tenure as president, with his death mask and s...

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  • Diego Riverass berühmte murales in den Stiegenhäusern sind frei zugänglich, allerdings können sich durchaus Warteschlangen bilden.
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