The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in Art & History

Mexico City Museums

Mexico City Cathedral

Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital and largest city of Mexico. The Greater Mexico City population is over 21 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.

Mexico’s capital is the oldest capital city in the Americas and one of the earliest founded by Native Americans. The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan. Following the Spanish conquest, it was redesigned and rebuilt to Spanish tastes and served as the political, administrative and financial centre of a major part of the Spanish colonial empire. Following independence from Spain, it has developed as the vibrant capital of Mexico.

Mexico City Museum’s that will be featured by the “Joy of Museums” include:

Essential Facts:

  • City:                      Mexico City
  • Spanish:              Ciudad de México
  • Country:              Mexico
  • Incorporated:     1907
  • Population:         1 million – Metro

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“A secret between two is God’s secret. A secret between three is known to all.” Mexican Proverb

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Photo Credit: By Francisco Diez [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons