Historic Mexico City

Mexico’s capital is both the oldest capital city in the Americas and one of two founded by indigenous people.

The original city was founded on 13 March 1325 by the Mexica (Aztec) people and named
Mexico-Tenochtitlán.

After a siege by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, Mexico-Tenochtitlán was mostly destroyed. The city was rebuilt according to Spanish urban design and renamed Ciudad de México.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 around the original church that was constructed soon after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan, eventually replacing it entirely.
Old palaces face the large Zocalo, which is also called the Plaza of the Constitution.
The Mexico City Zócalo is unusual because it is a wide open paved plaza without a park or gazebo.
There is a “park” on one side of the plaza.
Avenida 20 of November is a one-way avenue to the Plaza of the Constitution. The National Palace (not pictured) faces the plaza is the President’s resident and houses the Government. It is shown in the following video.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City is situated atop the former Aztec sacred site. Over a dozen buildings were removed in order to excavate the Aztec Templo Mayor archeological site behind the Cathedral.
A security man at the Cathedral told Steve and I that we needed to maintain a greater distance between us due to Covid!
The Altar of the Kings in the Metropolitan Cathedral.
The door to the Metropolitan Tabernacle is to the right of the Cathedral.
The cathedral is home to two of the largest 18th-century organs in the Americas.
The old Arch-Bishop’s Palace.
Looks like an old department store.
While exploring the historic center of Mexico City we took a break for traditional Mexican hot chocolate and a concha sweet bread.

China Town CDMX

Chinese immigration to Mexico began during the colonial era and has continued to the present day.
They estimate about 23,539 Chinese nationals live in Mexico and estimate there to be 70,000 Mexicans of Chinese descent.
Of course we had to eat in China Town. We wanted to share so we ordered a “large” order of chow mein large enough to feed four! I ate at street stands but this was the only plate in all of Mexico that upset my tummy.

Mexico City has a Royal Palace that has been home to Presidents and Emperors. Let’s Meet In the Morning and take a look!

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