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El Zócalo
El Zócalo

El Zócalo

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Historic Center, Mexico City, DIF 06000 Mexico
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El Zocalo in Mexico City is known as the third-largest square in the world. It is the main plaza in the middle of downtown. This site has strong historic significance to the local people. Zocalo has ... Read more
been used as a central gathering place since the rule of the Aztecs. Royal proclamations, swearing-in ceremonies of public officials, celebrations and protests have all taken place in Zocalo. Bordering the square is the National Palace, a cathedral, federal buildings and more. Try to catch the ceremonial raising and lowering of a gigantic Mexican flag held every day.

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Little Havana

Definitely a must... Try the street food (but stop by a pharmacy first just in case). Probably the friendliest people you will ever encounter. There is so much to do in this City.

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Rome

This is one of my favorite squares, one of those places that is part of me as well as Campo di Fiori in Rome, it's just unique, the beauty of this open space where you can see the facades of the most important building of the Mexican government: the Palacio National. There is also the amazing Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México et the Museo del Estanquillo. Of course, there aren't so many places like this square, from here you feel like you're in the heart of the city, which is true. I recommend you to take a walk around this area, there are so many interesting thing to explore and enjoy.

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National Palace, with Diego Rivera Murals.
Bell tower tour at the Cathedral, best at 11:00 am when they rig the bells and the best view of the Historic Center.

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Tegucigalpa

We were here near NYE and the place was crazy with locals and tourists. Avoid if big crowds make you nervous!

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El Zócalo. This is the main square of the city and lies over the main square of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec ancestor to Mexico City. It is monumental. The best way to experience it is to get there by metro – the blue line (2) to the Zócalo station. When you exit the metro station you will emerge into the Zócalo! There are several places to visit: the cathedral, which sits on top of a pyramid and is paying the consequences as you will discover, the Palacio Nacional with Diego Rivera’s famous murals (don’t like the message they convey, though), and the Museo del Templo Mayor, that shows the Aztec pieces that have been uncovered there. I recommend visiting the Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda on 4 Moneda St, not because of the art it displays, but because on your left side as you enter you will be able to see some of the stairs of the pyramid upon which it was built. It really gives you the impression of a civilization been forced onto another one. The whole “centro” was built on Aztec constructions. Don’t miss El Mayor restaurant, 17 República de Argentina & Donceles. The food is not the best, but it’s ok, and the view is unmatchable. The perfect place to have a beer and some quesadillas, or coffee. Our recommendation for lunch or breakfast is El Cardenal, on 23 Palma, a few blocks from there, probably one of the best Mexican food restaurants created by men. Ask for a table upstairs. Reserve: 5521-8815, 5521-8816 & 5521-8817.

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Los Angeles

Love visiting this place during my one day flight delay in mexico city! Absolutely beautiful place to go to even if you only have a few hours to spare

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Emeryville

El Zocalo was one of my favorite parts of Mexico City because it had a bit of everything - a ton of history, unique architecture, excellent people watching, shopping, and great food and a variety of price points. Just watch your bag when you're there, as it gets extremely crowded.

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Village

El Zócalo is a beautiful place. Go there if you want to see the heart of Mexico City.

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Foster City

Main public square in Mexico City. It is also known as the Plaza de la Constitucion (Constitution Plaza). Before the colonial period, it was the main ceremonial center for the Aztec city known as Tenochtitlan.

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A gigantic plaza in the middle of downtown Mexico City. I happened to have stumbled across the flag ceremony around 6pm and it was one of the coolest experiences I've had on my trip the Mexico! The ceremony was held in the plaza where Mexican soldiers marched in sync out to collect the flag for the day. There were drummers and a formation ceremony and quite patriotic. I highly recommend you check this out if you're in the city!

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San Diego

The central feature of México City is the área Zócalo. You can get a 200 pesó taxi ride to this área and enjoy the sights along with great resturants that offer an amazing view.

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Stuttgart

The center of the capital, allways busy allwys a lot to see. Around is a lot to see like the ruins of old Aztec center of Tenochtitlan, the catethral and more.

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Oklahoma City

Originally a big lake, here is where the legend of the eagle eating a snake in a cactus took place. Here is where our ancestors decided to start to create their home.
Now is the main square of the city. Where the biggest celebrations are organized and where we also celebrate our independence. Take your time to discover all over the place.
In case you want to have lunch or just take a few drinks, go to the Holiday Inn hotel, where you will have the best view of the Zócalo.

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Redwood City

As the center of the city, this is a busy area with locals and tourists. There are a lot of performers, native Indians doing traditional dances, clowns, children juggling, and other interesting sights. A lot of vendors sprawl across the grounds selling goods and handmade items. Food vendors, taxis, and a lot of action. A great place for photography, exploring and people watching. A must-see (though almost unavoidable) when visiting Mexico City. There are monuments and various historical sights nearby as well!

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Nizwa

Mexico's Times Square bristles with excitement, history and tradition just like the one in New York. A major difference, however, is the time this has been the center of the city compared to NY. In the Big Apple, it's a couple of hundred years tops, In D.F., we're talking about millennia. Roaming mariachis, street performers and pretty much all of Mexico converges here at the crossroads of yesterday and today. Don't miss out on the Cathedral and Archeological Museum!

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Charlotte

There is NOTHING like the Plaza de la Constitución on the Mexican Independence Day! The parades, the dances, the sparklers, singers, and festivities. Definitely something to see if you are near the Plaza on that day in September.

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Nairobi

Grand plaza on the European scale. Plenty of sites to see all around it, and always seems to be some protestors in the middle.

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London

Centre of Mexico City and surrounded by culturally important places of Mexico's history including the Templo Mayor, National Palace, and Cathedral. A must visit and the perfect place for a tourist to start.

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Plaza de la Constitucion de Oaxaca (Zocalo)

between Hidalgo, Trujano, Flores Magon and Bustamente Sts.
Oaxaca City, Mexico

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The zocalo has been the heart of Oaxaca for nearly 500 years, since it was laid out by Juan Pelaez de Berrio and Alonso Garcia Bra

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Strolling down the pedestrian walkway, Macedonio Alcala, one arrives at the daily fiesta that is the zocalo. Children run after their globos (large tubular balloons), plastic helicopters and Pokemon balloons which are all sold by vendors in the open space next to the Cathedral. There are activities for all ages in the plaza, a characteristic that demonstrates why this space has always been a primary social place. Sitting on benches, parents enjoy the soothing sounds from the fountains as they watch their children play. Vendors circumambulating the zocalo sell corn, chapulines and fruit to customers at the shoe shine stands scattered throughout the plaza. Friends gather on the benches to discuss events they read about in newspapers bought by the nearby newsstands. Every night, musicians serenade customers eating at the cafes and on Thursday nights the Banda Musica del Estado performs classical music and old popular Mexican songs.

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Santa Fe
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must see twice: quiet time and rush hour...kaliedoscopic!...great bar across from the cathedral and on the eighth floor terrace. Good drinks, funny people and a great view of the Zocalo's machinations.

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