Went to visit the National Palace (or Palacio National,) next to the Zocolo last Wednesday.
It's is an enormous, stunning building that holds a lot history for the Mexican people.
This site was once Montezuma II official residence, then claimed and built over by the man, the myth, Hernan Cortez. Later Hernan's son Martin Cortez sold the palace to the Spanish crown. The palace was set on fire and almost completely destroyed by 1692. It was rebuilt again, and after the Mexican Independence it was renamed the National Palace. So basically this is the third palace built upon this exact same site.
The Palicio National is an incredible building, but it's history doesn't particularly lie because of the building, but on it's walls. Diego Rivera's murals.
Painted my him between 1929 - 1935, they show the rich history of Mexico between 1521 - 1930.
They are incredable!!!
It's often hard for me to really comprehend all of Mexico's culture and history at time, because it's just too overwhelming.
Especially coming from Tucson, where Winterhaven is considered a historic neighborhood.
(If you are not familiar, Winderhaven is a subdivision in Tucson built in 1949, it's famous for it's light displays around Christmas.)
Here are some of Deigo Rivera's murals:
(If you notice, someone is trying to give the prostitute a hand, hehe.)
The other cool thing to see here were the royal punk rock cats! They even have earrings!
Not sure how many cat reside in the palace or why they are here? We counted 20 cats basking in the sun on the lawn.