6 Fun Facts About Mexico City

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Mexico City Was Built Over a Lake

The City of Mexico has been built over Texcoco Lake, I know, it sounds like a lousy idea. However, for the Aztecs, this lake had great significance since it was where they found the sign that their god Huitzilopochtli had told them to look for: an eagle on a Nopalea (prickly pear cactus). After more than 30 years of searching for the sign, they found it, on a small island in the middle of Lake Texcoco.

Mexico has the Largest Pyramid in the World (By Volume)

Just 2 hours from Mexico City is the city of Cholula in the state of Puebla. In the city of Cholula, you can find the largest pyramid in the world: the Pyramid of Cholula. It has a height of 55 meters and a base of 450 meters on each side, it’s larger than the Pyramid of the Sun in the city of Teotihuacan and even larger than the pyramid of Giza in Egypt. With the arrival of the Spaniards, it was decided to build Catholic temples over the pre-Hispanic temples, so if one day you go to Cholula, you will notice that at the top of the pyramid there is a Catholic church from the XVI century.

The Oldest Street in Mexico is Tacuba Street

The Mexicas built this 5-mile street in the 14th century as a trade route between Tenochtitlán, the capital of the empire, with the towns of Texcoco, Tacuba, Tepeyac, and Tlatelolco. It was called Tlacopan, a name that the Spaniards pronounced as “Tacuba” and means “place of the jarilla plant”.

Castillo de Chapultepec (File photo)

México City Has the only Monarchic Castle on the American Continent

Built in 1785, the Chapultepec Castle is considered the only monarchic castle in the entire American continent. The original purpose was to be the country house of the Spanish Viceroys, after the Mexican Independence, the castle was transformed into the military college of Mexico, in 1864 it became the residence of Emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota, after the fall of the empire and until 1939 it functioned as the house of the presidents of Mexico, and casino francais en ligne can be accessed from there.

Mexico City Was Conquered by the United States in 1847

In the year 1847, the war between the United States and Mexico hit its peak when the war reached the gates of Mexico City. The main battles took place in the months of August and September, the most famous was the Battle of Chapultepec.

Finally, on September 15, 1847, the United States Army arrived in Mexico City and its principal square finding very little resistance, raising the American flag in the National Palace of the capital, which marked the end of the hostilities and gave way to the military conquest of Mexico City. This is where American troops occupied the city for more than 6 months. Undoubtedly one of the darkest chapters in Mexico’s history.

Churches Built Over Indigenous Temples

During the years following the Spanish Conquest (1524-1529), the Spanish conquistadors built more than 68 Catholic churches over prehispanic temples of great importance for the ancient Mexicas, but not only this, the stones of these prehispanic temples were also used for the construction of the new Catholic religious centers. Today, after 500 years, only 20 of these Catholic temples are still standing and 5 are partially standing.