Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City (must see)

Commanding spectacular views of Mexico City, this castle is the only structure to have served as a seat of a sovereign in North America. The building stands majestically on Chapultepec Hill and now houses the National Museum of History.

The Castillo de Chapultepec was built for the then Spanish viceroy, Bernardo de Galvez in 1725. The building was purchased by the city of Mexico in 1806. In 1833, the castle became a military academy and a tower called the Caballero Alto (Tall Knight) was added to the existing structure. In 1847, boy heroes aged between 14 and 20 died defending the castle when US troops laid siege. They were later honored by a mural in the ceiling at the entrance of the castle. In 1864, Emperor Maximilian I and his Empress Carlota of Mexico chose the building as their residence and extensive changes were made to the architecture and landscape to make it a palace, fit for a king. In 1882, Porfirio Diaz converted the castle as the official residence of the Mexican President.

In 1939, the castle ceased to be the residence of the President and was open to visitors as the National Museum of History. The museum is arranged in chronological order and one can see exhibits from the Aztec Empire until the 1930s.

Why You Should Visit:
The only Imperial castle in America! Very cheaply priced and with a beautiful view of the Reforma Avenue which was originally modeled after the Champs-Élysées in Paris to remind Maximilian's wife, Carlota, of her home. The surrounding area of Chapultepec Park boasts a Zoo and many other attractions to complete the day.

Tip:
Try to see when the ballet folklórico is performing because to see their show after the museum closes is a great experience!
At the top, you can go to the right to see the Caracol History Museum (made in the shape of a shell) which has some informative dioramas explaining the very complex history of Mexico.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Chapultepec Castle on Map

Sight Name: Chapultepec Castle
Sight Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City  

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Top Museums Walking Tour, Mexico City

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Historic Center Walk

Historic Center Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Exploring Zona Rosa, Mexico City

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Famous Religious Edifices Walk in Mexico City

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park is one of the most famous parks in Mexico City. It is located on the Chapultepec Hill, that has a major historic importance for Mexicans. This park features some of the best known tourist attractions in Mexico city, like the Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Chapultepec Castle, and Papalote Children Museum. Take this walking tour to explore Chapultepec Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km

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