Monday, May 7, 2012

Mexico City: Templo Mayor and the Centro Historico

The next day, we decided to stay even closer: we would explore the Centro Historico on foot. We left our apartment, right next to the Iglesia de Santo Domingo*, and walk a couple of blocks down to the Zocalo, Mexico City's main plaza. By this time it was Maudy Thursday, and so the main Catedral Metropolitana (de la Asunción de María) was packed. Walking by it, and by the Palacio Nacional we realized that we had visited both on our last trip.




Catedral Metropolitana

We continued straight to the Templo Mayor, the main temple of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. We perused the temple ruins, and by perused we mean, dragging the stroller up and down lots of stairs, and tried to decipher what the cryptic signs were explaining. Then we headed into the attached museum, to see some of the artifacts that had been found there.


Templo Mayor


best way to see a museum



By this time we were starving and excited to find a fabulous Indian restaurant, hidden in the portales along the edge of the Zocalo. It took a bit of searching but it was well worth it! We took the opportunity of being so close to retire to the apartment for an afternoon break before heading back out to dinner, in an overpriced mediocre restaurant with fabulous views from the top of a hotel right on the Zocalo. It was an appropriate ending to our Centro Historico Day.


heading out again, Plaza Santo Domingo (opposite church)


the Zocalo


Cathedral from above, lots of people in line on Maudy Thursday


*The place we stayed in was an apartment in the former monastery of the church!

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