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Palacio del Ayuntamiento - Historical Building Mexico City - Mexico

In 1720 the impressive Palacio del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) that today dominates the entire southern side of the Zócalo was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original, constructed over the ruins of Tenochtitlan in 1524. The building was formerly purely administrative, but since 2006 the section around the Salon de Cabildos has been open to the public. Street names come to life in the portraits of mustachioed and be-wigged viceroys and bishops that decorate the first couple of rooms. The Salon de Cabildos itself is a grand meeting room with an intriguing 19th century fresco on the ceiling, showing politicians and angels discussing strategies with ancient Greek gods. Various state ceremonies such as the Spanish medieval custom of the President of the Republic presenting the key to the city gates to visiting bigwigs take place here.


The final room has a rogue’s gallery of illustrious guest dignitaries lining its walls. Gerry Adams, Marshal Tito, JFK and Salvador Allende are displayed alongside photos of exiled Spanish civil war-era politicians (including President-in-Exile Diego Martinez Barrio) and officials gravely weighing bread and announcing the day’s prices over the wireless. It’s free to get in, although I.D is required. Bear in mind though, that the displays don’t make much sense without a guide: the free guided tours in Spanish are available from Tues-Sun 10 a.m.- 6p.m., and are well worth it. There are no English-speaking guides, but on the left-hand side beside the door of each room there are boxes with wooden plaques naming the people in the pictures which should be enough to give you an idea.

Plaza de la Constitución, Centro Histórico, Mexico D.F
Zócalo, Mexico City, Mexico

Historical Building Types:
Colonial architecture, Site of historic significance

Price Description: Free

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:10 a.m.

Open Hours to:6 p.m.

Days Closed:Monday

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring: Bring I.D

Catedral Metropolitana, Nacional Monte de Piedad, Zócalo, Calle Moneda

Contact Information:
Zip: 06060

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06 Mar 2009

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