Zócalo Tavel Guide

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  • Zócalo Tavel Guide

The Zócalo formal name is Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square), its in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. The main plaza is 57, 600 metres², making it one of the largest city squares in the world.

The plaza is bordered by the Cathedral to the north, the National Palace to the east, the Federal District buildings to the south and the Old Portal de Mercaderes to the west, the Nacional Monte de Piedad building at the north-west corner, with the Templo Mayor site to the northeast, just outside of view. In the centre is a flagpole with an enormous Mexican flag ceremoniously raised and lowered each day and carried into the National Palace.

It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times, having been the site of Mexica ceremonies, the swearing in of viceroys, royal proclamations, military parades, Independence ceremonies and modern religious events such as the festivals of Holy Week and Corpus Christi. In addition, Zócalo has received foreign heads of state and is the main venue for both national celebration and national protest. qqqq