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    National PalaceNational Palace Mexico City, Mexico
    The Palacio Nacional or National Palace had been the seat of the federal executive in Mexico, in Mexico City's main square, the Plaza de la Constitucion, and has been a magnificent structure housing the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire, with many of the materials used in its construction obtained from the original one that had been the site of Moctezuma II's residence. It is classified and used as a government building, named the National Palace and showcasing a red tezontle facade that fills the whole east side of the Zocalo, the city's main square, that is more than 600 feet long (as can be seen by the image to the right). It houses both the offices of the National Archives and the Federal Treasury, and bordered on the north and south by twin towers and three main entries that head into different parts of the building. The main balcony, just above the central entrance, and facing the Zocalo, is where the president would read the Grito de Dolores, in an exciting ceremony to commemorate the Mexican independence. One significant part of the ceremony is to ring the bell that hangs above the balcony, which is the original bell that Fr. Miguel Hidalgo rang to call the citizenry to rebel against Spain. It had originally been hanging in the church of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, but then relocated to this palace. The bell hangs in a niche that also contains the Mexican coat of arms, with an Aztec eagle knight flanking it and his Spanish counterpart. These had all been sculpted by Manuel Centurion and it symbolizes the synthesis of Mexican and Spanish cultures. The central door goes into the main patio that is encompassed by baroque arches, and just the balustrade of the area was remodeled, so it could preserve the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera that are adorning the walls of the second floor and the main stairwell. There is a historical and gorgeous mural in the stairwell that depicts the history of Mexico from 1521 to 1930 and spans about 4800 square feet. The murals were painted between 1929 and 1935 and jointly called "the Epic of the Mexican People". It is fantastic place to visit, with outstanding paintings, murals and history about the people that occupy this great land is still besieged by the worst kinds of terrorists in the world today.

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    National Museum of AnthropologyNational Museum of Anthropology Mexico City, Mexico Stone of the Sun image
    The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, in an area between the Paseo de la Reforma and Calle Mahatma Gandhi inside the Chapultepec Park, housing outstanding archaeological and anthropological relics from the pre-Columbian heritage of the nation, like the Pierdra del Sol (the Stone of the Sun, that had incorrectly been identified as the Aztec calendar), as well as the 16th century Aztec statue of Xochipilli. The museum was designed by Pedro Ramirez Vasquez, Rafael Mijares and Jorge Campuzano, and is a magnificent structure with exhibition halls that encompass a large patio with enormous pond and large square concrete umbrellas that is supported by a single slender pillar that is called El Paraguas which is Spanish for "the umbrella" and around this, an artificial cascade flows down. The halls of the museum are ringed by gardens, a number that contain outdoor displays. It contains 23 rooms for exhibits and spans and area of 857,890 square feet or approximately 20 acres. It would open in 1964, by president Adolfo Lopez Mateos, housing many prominent displays of great significance, like the Stone of the Sun giant stone heads of the Olmec civilization that had been discovered in the jungles of Veracruz and Tabasco, the Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza, treasures that had been recovered from the Mayan civilization, a copy of the sarcophagal cover from Pacal's tomb at Palenque and many magnificent ethnological exhibits of contemporary rural Mexican life. It contains a mode of the location and layout of the former Aztec capital from Tenochtitlan, that part of this city now occupies in the central part. The museum welcomes traveling exhibits that concentrate on many of the world's cultures, as in the past that have concentrated on ancient Egypt, Russia, Greece, Spain and Iran.

May 11, 2011