Mexico City Landmarks and Monuments
(Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico)
Simply bursting with modern landmarks, breathtaking skyscrapers and ancient monuments, Mexico City's tallest buildings include the Torre Ejecutiva Pemex, the Torre Altus, the Torre Latinoamericana, and the Torre Mayor, which towers at around 225 metres / 738 feet in height and was completed in 2003. Particularly impressive, these eye-catching landmarks dominate much of the skyline in Mexico City and offer awesome views of the cityscape and surrounding area.
One of the biggest public squares in existence, the Plaza de la Constitución is often known in Mexico City as simply El Zócalo and is an important local landmark, along with the City Hall (Ayuntamiento), the ancient Xochimilco canals, and the Parliament Building (Palacio Nacional). Also worth a mention is the Angel of Independence monument (El Ángel de la Independencia), which is a centrepiece to a roundabout next to the Paseo de la Reforma.
Monumento a la Independencia (Independence Monument / Angel of Independence)
Address: Paseo de la Reforma y Florencia, Colonia Juárez, 06600, Mexico City, MX
Mexico City's Independence Monument (Monumento a la Independencia) was built as part of the War of Independence centennial celebrations in 1910. The monument, often referred to as the Angel of Independence (El Ángel de la Independencia), is a 6.5-metre / 21-foot winged, shiny golden angel standing proudly at the top of the 36-metre / 118-foot column. At night-time, the monument is illuminated and takes on a completely different, rather dramatic appearance.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
El Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución)
Address: Historic Centre, Mexico City, Mexico, MX
Very much central to day-to-day life in Mexico City, El Zócalo is regularly used for many events and celebrations. Crowds of literally thousands gather here to join in the festivities, such as the Dia de la Bandera (Day of the Flag) on February 24th, and the Grito de la Independencia (Independence Day) on September 15th and 16th.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Torre Latinoamericana (Latin American Tower)
Address: Madero y Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico City, 06040, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 55 518 1714
Once the highest landmark in the whole of Mexico City, the Torre Latinoamericana was built in 1956. Towering more than 180 metres / 691 feet and boasting 44 floors, the Torre Latinoamericana offers superb views across Mexico City and features a series of offices, eateries, bars, an observation deck with telescopes, and even an aquarium attraction.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 22:00
Admission: charge, concessions
Ayuntamiento (City Hall)
Address: Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City, 06060, Mexico, MX
The City Hall is known locally in Mexico City as the Ayuntamiento and is one of the city's most famous landmarks, being made up of two separate buildings, which date from the 16th century and the 20th century. On the western side, the oldest building is well preserved and resembles a grand palace in structure, being often referred to as the 'Palacio del Ayuntamiento'. The more modern building lies on the eastern side and blends in well.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Palacio Nacional (Parliament Building)
Address: Avenida Pino Suarez, Mexico City, 06060, Mexico, MX
Home to the Mexican Congress and also the Benito Juárez Museum, the Palacio Nacional was constructed in the latter part of the 17th century. Of particular interest are the many murals, which are well displayed around the interior and illustrate prominent scenes from the city's history.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:30
Palacio de Cortés (Cortez Palace)
Address: Plaza Hidalgo 1, Coyoacán, Mexico City, 04620, Mexico, MX
The landmark that is the Palacio de Cortés resembles a fortress in appearance and stands at the very top of a small hill. Building began in the early part of the 16th century and has since been used as the official residence of the Cortés family, a Roman Catholic church and even a prison for Mexico City's villains. Today, the Palacio de Cortés houses a museum, with a collection of impressive pre-historic artefacts from this part of Mexico.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Templo Mayor (Main Temple)
Address: Seminario y Moneda, Mexico City, 06060, Mexico, MX
The remains of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán feature some of Mexico City's most historic landmarks and date back more than 500 years. Particularly significant is the Templo Mayor, which features a pyramid-shaped base and was simply quite enormous. Further ruins are nearby the temple itself and well worth exploring.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
Estadio Olimpico Universitario (University Olympic Stadium)
Address: Universidad de Ciudad, Mexico City, 04511, Mexico, MX
The Estadio Olimpico Universitario is a major stadium and regional landmark in Mexico City, with the ability to seat almost 70,00 spectators. Located on the southern side of the city, the stadium was founded in the mid-20th century and has hosted many one the city's most prestigious sporting events over the years, including the 1968 Olympic Games, soccer matches and athletics championships.
Open hours: daily - hours vary