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National Palace of Mexico, Mexico City
Reinhard Jahn, Mannheim
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco are recognized as a World Heritage Site for Mexico. It celebrates Mexico City, home of some of the most outstanding examples of Mesoamerican ruins, including Tenochtitlan, as well as some of the most important buildings in Hispanic America.
Within the historic centre of Mexico City is the excavation and archeological sites of five Aztec temples, built when the area was Technochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire. Also within Mexico City is its metropolitan cathedral, the biggest Roman Catholic Cathedral in North America. There are numerous historical buildings in Mexico City from colonial times as well as the newly independent Mexican state, dating from the 19th century to the early 20th century. These have been well preserved and are now including as components of the World Heritage Site.
Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City, largest cathedral in North America
28 km to the south of Mexico City is Xochimilco, one of the 15 boroughs of the Mexican Federal District. Established on the southern shore of Lake Xochimilco, the city is today a network of canals and artificial islands. The canals and islands (called chinampas) of Xochimilco are today its most outstanding feature - and a prominent tourist attraction, a must-see for visitors to Mexico City. Colorful gondolas, called trajineras, now take tourists through these canals for the wonderful and unique Mexican experience. The 170-km of canals have been included in the inscription as a World Heritage Site.
Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 7 - 11 December, 1987.
Tourist boats in Xochimilco
World Heritage Site Inscription DetailsLocation: N19 25 5.988 W99 7 58.008
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV, V
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