Tag: zócalo

  • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

    Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

    Our exploration of Mexico City’s heart led us to the grandiose Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, a colossal edifice that towers over the Zócalo area. What lies beneath is equally captivating—this magnificent structure rests atop the ancient Aztec sacred precinct, including the Templo Mayor, a layering of histories that speaks volumes of the city’s complex past.…

  • What’s Zócalo about?

    What’s Zócalo about?

    The term “Zócalo” originally refers to a base or plinth. In Mexico, it specifically came to denote the main plaza or town square of a city. The word gained widespread use as the name for the main square in Mexico City, officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, when plans for a monument to commemorate…

  • Colorful Alebrijes

    Colorful Alebrijes

    Alebrijes are a whimsical fusion of dreams and artistry, a vibrant Mexican folk art that breathes life into fantastical creatures. This one has a riot of polka dots and hues, a proud rooster with the scales of a fish and oversized fins. I first encountered this in the movie “Coco,” where they are spirit guides…

  • Ice on the streets

    Ice on the streets

    This is a bicycle cart in the Zócalo plaza, selling blocks of ice. These vendors are common in Mexico, providing ice for various uses, such as for coolers, to vendors for keeping beverages cold, or for use in traditional ice-based treats like raspados (shaved ice). Raspado or nieve raspada translates to “shaved ice.” Raspados are…

  • Discovering History at the National Museum of Anthropology

    Discovering History at the National Museum of Anthropology

    We went to the National Museum of Anthropology and we were captivated by the beauty of these artifacts. Stone of the Sun is an intricately carved basalt disk that is one of the most iconic artifacts of Aztec civilization. The stone measures about 12 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 24 tons. It was discovered…