The Aztecs and Diego

Mexico City Travel Blog

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We went to look at museums today because in Mexico City museums are free on Sundays!

First we went to the Palcio Nacional where we looked at some of Diego Rievera's murals.

Then we visited the Templo Mayor, the site and ruins of the largest temple of Tinochtitlan which was destroyed by the Spanish after they defeated the Aztecs in 1521. (The story behind this defeat is quite fascinating and is in no small part due to some odd coincidences.)

Then we went to the top of the Latinamericas Tower which gave us a really good view of the city. We were lucky in that it was a sunny day with a slight breeze so that there was hardly any visible smog.

After that we went to the Palacio de Belles Artes which housed more murals. My favourite was the mural Diego Rivera was commissioned to do for the Rockefeller center in 1933 which they subsequently destroyed as it was ever so slightly more favourable to Communism than Capitalism. Rivero later recreated in Mexico.

After that we walked around a bit and saw some markets and celebrations. I'm not sure if there was a special occasion or if this happens every Sunday. The streets were certainly packed.

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