I’m spending a week in Mexico City, doing day tours and saying good bye to a year of living in this country.
The Zocalo is located in downtown and is the original center of the city, as found by the conqueror, Cortes. It’s the main square in central Mexico City and one of the largest city squares in the world. Prior to the colonial period, it was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The formal name is Plaza de la Constitución, but plaza construction might be a better name–the center is under renovation. The site is just one block southwest of the Templo Mayor which, according to Aztec legend and mythology, was considered the center of the universe.
Mexico City, or the City of Mexico (Spanish: Ciudad de México, abbreviated as CDMX), is the capital and most populous city of Mexico. Mexico City is one of the most important financial centers in the Americas. It is located at an altitude of 7,350 ft. Greater Mexico City’s population is 21.2 million people, making it the second-largest metropolitan area of the western hemisphere, behind New York, the tenth-largest agglomeration, and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.
Photos from inside and around the Cathedral.
The Aztec pyramid, Templo Mayor, is under archeological excavation and it’s possible to enter to see some of the structure. Much of the stone was taken and used for other construction, however.
I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!
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