National Palace

El Zócalo
Mexico City, Mexico Distrito Federal, Mexico

National Palace of Mexico
Photo: Reinhard Jahn License: CC BY-SA 2.0
The National Palace is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico. This site has been a palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire, and much of the current palace's building materials are from the original one that belonged to Moctezuma

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National Palace Categories

  • Castles and Palaces

    This site functioned as the Aztec leader Moctezuma II's residence. The richness of the palace surprised Cortés, who rebuilt it into a massive fortress.
  • Government

    Since the 1930s, the president has not lived in the palace. The National Palace is currently home to some of the offices of both Mexico's Federal Treasury and the National Archives.
  • Man-Made

    The site and much of the building material of the current building were called Moctezuma II's "New Houses". Claimed by Hernán Cortés in 1521,the palace was rebuild.


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