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Attractions

 

1.Alameda Park 

Today the lovely tree-filled Alameda Park attracts pedestrians, cotton-candy vendors, strollers, lovers, and organ grinders. Long ago, the site was an Aztec marketplace. When the conquistadors took over in the mid-1500s, heretics were burned at the stake here under the Spanish Inquisition. In 1592, the governor of New Spain, Viceroy Luis de Velasco, converted it to a public park. Within the park, known as La Alameda,

2.Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe

Within the northern city limits is the famous Basílica of Guadalupe -- not just another church, but the central place of worship for Mexico\\\'s patron saint and the home of the image responsible for uniting pre-Hispanic Indian mysticism with Catholic beliefs. It is virtually impossible to understand Mexico and its culture without appreciating the national devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The blue-mantled Virgin of Guadalupe is the most revered image in the country, and you will see her countenance wherever you travel. This is also one of the most important religious sites for Catholics.


3.Café Teatro El Vicio

This is one of the more popular cabaret/performance spaces in Mexico City, now home to satirical plays, stand-up comedy, and nearly everything in between. There’s a little something here for the off-beat theater lover in everyone. This site opened in 1954 by the Mexican poet Salvador Novo as a forum for artistic expression. It later became \\\"The Habit,\\\" a main site for cabaret. Since 2005, it\\\'s been El Vicio (the Vice), a haven for alternative cultural art. Here you can enjoy concerts by independent artists, book readings, documentary screenings, and functions to benefit causes and projects supporting alternative artists.


4.Casa de los Azulejos

This \\\"House of Tiles\\\" is one of Mexico City\\\'s most precious colonial gems and popular meeting places. Covered in gorgeous blue-and-white tiles, it dates from the end of the 1500s, when it was built for the count of the Valley of Orizaba. According to the oft-told story, during the count\\\'s defiant youth, his father proclaimed, \\\"You will never build a house of tiles.\\\" A tiled house was a sign of success, and the father was sure his son would amount to nothing. So when success came, the young count covered his house in tiles, a fine example of Puebla craftsmanship.


5.Castillo de Chapultepec/Museo Nacional de Historia 

 

This site has been occupied by a fortress since the days of the Aztec, although the present palace wasn\\\'t built until 1784. When open, the castle offered a beautiful view of Mexico City. During the French occupation of the 1860s, Empress Carlota (who designed the lovely garden surrounding the palace) could sit up in bed and watch her husband, Maximilian, proceeding down Reforma on his way to work. Later this was the official home of Mexico\\\'s president until 1939.