Historic Centre of Mexico City

 Mexico City is my starting point for central and south America. The city has a number of world heritage sites within it and some more a day trip distance away. I was feeling rather knackered from my flight and decided to start slowly the next day with the ‘centro historico’ which my hotel is located on the edge of. The city was established by the Spanish in the 16th century on the site of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (founded two centuries earlier) which they had of course destroyed.

Mexico City cathedral
Mexico City cathedral

 At the centre is a huge square, the Zocalo, on the north side of which is the huge cathedral. Right next door to that is the Templo Mayor – the remains of one of the main Axtec pyramid temples of the city. Only the very base of the structure remains and as it was extended multiple times simply by piling earth on it and building another stone skin, it shows a kind Russian doll effect with lots of stairs one behind the other.

Mexico City: Templo Mayor

Mexico City: Templo Mayor

 Entry to the Templo includes an extensive museum showing everything that has been excavated from the site, from shells and obsidian knives to some huge stone sculptures, including the round carved slab showing a dismembered moon goddess, the accidental discovery of which in 1978 lead to the excavation of the temple site.

Mexico City: Templo Mayor museum exhibit

Mexico City: Templo Mayor museum exhibit

 The surrounding grid pattern streets contain some decorative buildings,

Mexico City: los Portales de los Evangelistas

Mexico City: los Portales de los Evangelistas

 including this 17th century church which took my fancy for some reason.

Mexico City: Templo de Santo Domingo
Mexico City: Templo de Santo Domingo

So rather than build the cathedral, my first Mexican model is the church, although I’ve had to substitute tan for the dark red volcanic stone of the walls.

Lego Mexico City: Templo de Santo Domingo
Lego Mexico City: Templo de Santo Domingo

At this point I should come clean and admit that this world heritage site actually has another component, an area called Xochimilco, in the south of the city. But I visited that some days later (today in fact) so you’ll have to wait to hear about that…

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One Response to Historic Centre of Mexico City

  1. Austin says:

    There is a spelling error in the second paragraph. I’ll capitalize the whole word for you:
    “At the centre is a huge square, the Zocalo, on the north side of which is the huge cathedral. Right next door to that is the Templo Mayor – the remains of one of the main AXTEC pyramid temples of the city. Only the very base of the structure remains and as it was extended multiple times simply by piling earth on it and building another stone skin, it shows a kind Russian doll effect with lots of stairs one behind the other.”

    You’re welcome.

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