From the 21st century, all the way back to the ancient period, Mexico City is loaded with Historic Sites and Buildings. In world history, pretty much the entire 17th and 18th centuries happened here - or at least passed through.
For constructions older than that, don't miss the section on Archaeological Sites. For anything newer than that, you're in the right place.
There are churches and monasteries and residential palaces - all in the most influential building styles of the time. In fact, people spend a lifetime, right here, still studying all the things that were built.
Many of the most prominent historic sites and buildings are arranged along noteworthy streets, were built on the edges of the city's hundreds of parks and public squares, or they're simply the places where something important happened.
There's not going to be an end either. Things just keep getting more interesting, more involved, and ever deeper. Whatever you're hoping to learn, you should find it here.
Giant housing for the giant see, it's still one of the most successful public housing complexes ever.
One of the original villages of Benito Juárez is almost lost, but for a tiny chapel.
Mexico's National College is dedicated to the free sharing of knowledge and learning.
One of the most curious of Mexico City art deco buildings, the Fronton sat abandoned for 20 some…
One of the city center's most illustrious former convents is still a sight to see.
A legendary old home livens up the south of the Plaza de Domingo.
The old customs building today shows off some the SEP's extensive art collection.
Just a few steps outside the south exits of the Mercado de Sonora...
The former seat of Tlalpan government is today a marvelous example of Porfirian architecture.
An unassuming corner on Talavera street was home to one of New Spain's most fiery insurrectionists.
Today, an antique bookseller shares space with an ancient canal-side loading dock.
A model home, meant to sell Diego Rivera a house of his own, it's the first truly "funcionalist"…
Barrio La Asunción is centered around the San Matias Church and Monastery, among the oldest in the city.
All that's left of the old monastery that named the neighborhood that's as "Mexico City" as any.
High in the hills near Ajusco, one Tlalpan town still keeps a reputation for independence and shelter.
Casa Chata is today the headquarters of a major public research house and publisher in Tlalpan.
Draws international visitors to concerts and sporting events like nowhere else, the Palace is still going strong.
A bright spot in the dark streets of La Lagunilla, the Funnel is still pulling them in, for…
El Velodromo has seen more cyclists ride for a non-stop and very quick hour than nearly anyplace on…
A sublime Italian Renaissance style has greeted passersby for well nearly 120 years. Here's what it's about.
Carlos Obregón Santacilia's mysterious banking building helps to explain the Monument to the Revolution.
Far older than it looks, it's an original village right on the best part of the bikeway.
Tlatelolco's original school still teaches a lesson even hundreds of years later.
Among the oldest colonial buildings in the city, this one stands out for sheer austerity.
One more ages-old church in the farthest reaches of Tlatelolco...
One of Pedro de Arrieta's most lasting contributions to the look and feel of the City.
Delightfully rugged and whipped by the wind off the volcanos, some little towns are too much to miss.
One of the 18th Century's best examples of the new Neo-Classicism, a church holds its own in La…
Two palms stand out above a frenetic and busy street to mark one of the area's oldest churches.
In the shadows of the Plaza San Lucas, a dramatic history is redeemed in symmetry.
The predecessor to San Pablo el Nuevo, today it's part of the Hospital Juárez Centro.
A breathtaking stretch of late-18th-century housing leaves almost nothing to the imagination.
One of the most distinctive buildings in the entire city, the Insignia Tower has taken on another life.
Like a gaunt recollection of past conflict, a hard-fought for parish stands out in its own period's harshest…
One of the great mysteries of the northern Centro Histórico is a wood framed church & hospital.