The Zócalo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsokalo]) is the common name of the main square in central Mexico City. Prior to the colonial period, it was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The plaza used to be known simply as the "Main Square" or "Arms Square", and today its formal name is Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square). This name does not come from any of the Mexican constitutions that have governed the country but rather from the Cádiz Constitution, which was signed in Spain in the year 1812. Even so, it is almost always called the Zócalo today. Plans were made to erect a column as a monument to Independence, but only the base, or zócalo (meaning "plinth"), was built. The plinth was buried long ago, but the name has lived on. Many other Mexican towns and cities, such as Oaxaca, Mérida, and Guadalajara, have adopted the word zócalo to refer to their main plazas, but not all.
It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times, having been the site of Mexican ceremonies, the swearing-in of viceroys, royal proclamations, military parades, Independence ceremonies, and modern religious events such as the festivals of Holy Week and Corpus Christi. It has received foreign heads of state and is the main venue for both national celebrations and national protests. The Zócalo and surrounding blocks have played a central role in the city's planning and geography for almost 700 years. The site is just one block southwest of the Templo Mayor, which, according to Aztec legend and mythology, was considered the center of the universe.
Adriana Medina | Feb 26, 2018
We came to visit the historical part of CDMX on a Friday evening. There is a fair that has booths with products from every Mexican state. We truly enjoyed sampling various items and the street performers did a great job. I will say to keep your belongings close to you just to be safe. It can get crowded and being a tourist there is a target, but try your best to simply keep a low profile. Don't fret when you see lots of police. They monitor tourist areas to make people feel safe.
Gibran Moreno Lomán | Mar 3, 2018
Big enough with beautiful views, parking lots for bikes and lending (with your respective card). Traffic well organized, cops whistling everywhere (although sometimes not very effective). Lots of stores (jewellery, fast food, fancy and common restaurants). You often see, spectacles, exhibitions and more.
Evan Hindman | Feb 21, 2018
Scenic location in the middle of the oldest part of Mexico City. Lots of cool stuff goes on here - when we visited in mid Feb, there was a craft fair where each state of Mexico had a set of vendors that had brought great art/food products from their region. Got some great pottery and mole mix! Highly walkable, great for photos, a must see if you are in historic Mexico City.
Eliseo Rodas | Feb 19, 2018
One of Latin America's well known spots, The Zocalo. Mexico city's main square. Here it lay once upon a time the great city of Tenochtitlan. The very heart of Mexico where it once stood the great Aztec pyramids. Here the stones can tell you its history. Razed by the Spanish conquistadors, it lay ground for the birth of one of the biggest cities in the world. Meso American architecture, colonial traces and a touch of modernism makes this spot unique in its history.
Izzy Huezo | Jan 6, 2018
Just letting everyone know I went to the Zocalo during the winter season. They have (free) ice skating and tubing in the middle of the plaza. They decorated the whole plaza with Christmas decorations. They have restaurants to eat at the top with a nice view, a museum, two churches right next to each-other, and places where you can exchange money here as well (I suggest the airport since their hours vary). Oh yeah, the National Palace (president's quarters) are here as well! I suggest going here if you want to walk around and see everything. I HIGHLY recommend this plaza.
Saurabh Singh | Mar 28, 2018
Nice place to hangout. You may find lot of tourist attractions nearby. If you are ready to walk and see the city, it might be a good starting point. You can definitely visit very nearby places like the Temple, National Museum and also hand around there for some time. You can also get tour busses from there.
Steve Bigley | Apr 6, 2018
Definitely a must see while in Mexico City. I decided to walk there so I could get a feel for what Mexico City was all about. With the exception of a small group of aggressive panhandler I found Mexico City to be clean, safe and friendly. Zocalos is beautiful and there's tons of great restaurants and shopping on the side streets leading to the square.
Prajwal G.V | Apr 9, 2018
One of the largest urban squares in the world and it is always filled with a crowd of tourists, locals, street performers and vendors. Take a walk around and you can see the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Tempo Mayor surrounding the square. Be wary of pickpockets. There are a lot of rooftop restaurants around the square which have an amazing view of the Zocalo and the attractions surrounding it.
yashwanth .c | Mar 30, 2018
Great open area. Always something going on. So close shopping district. Surrounded by restaurants. A historic landmark. Be prepared with plenty of sunscreen
Jijo Jose | Jun 12, 2018
This is an awesome place.... I loved experience with this place very much.... It is such a an awesome place if you git a chance to visit this place please don't miss it because you may feel really exciting and whatever it is..... When I visit this place we are a gang of friends. this is also a good place for photography which I think is one of my best photos...... So friend enjoy
R Lima | Apr 29, 2018
Amazing the biggest Street market in America. Every street caters for one item of household. As you carry on, it changes to appliances, meat, fruit and views of goods changes perception of how goods are sold and distributed. Every section (block) has handy food stalls feeding the workers, visitors, customers. A must visit whilst visiting Mexico City. Produce of the whole Country can be found here at a fraction of street prices. Can be chaotic, less hygienic than a slum, or strangely well organised like an Ants colony. Open your mind and enjoy
David Buchanan | Jun 7, 2018
One of the largest central city squares in the world and a very impressive flag right in the centre, which is raised and lowered every day by military personnel. Lots to see and do around the area, including the cathedral, the government palace, traditional Aztec dancers, Madero street for shopping and rooftop bars and restaurants in the buildings surrounding the square. They also very frequently organise cultural events such as book fairs, concerts and markets.
Robin Jones | Jun 2, 2018
Lots of attractions surrounding square. Great people watching. Subway station and bus depots. Lots of cabs. Worth spending a few hours.
Jina Kim | Jul 11, 2018
Lively and memorable place. I had the privilege of visiting during the world cup so they had many art exhibits, live performances and mini soccer fields for soccer fans to play together. Behind the stage you see a majestic cathedral, ruins of the old city, a local market and nearby the national palace. a must go to the heart of city for any traveller to Mexico! 😁
Sonia H. Navia | Jul 11, 2018
Mexico's city downtown most of the time occupied by culture activities and concerts. One of the best places in the city. Besides you can grab a drink or a full meal in one of the restaurants on the roof of surrounding buildings. You can get here by subway (line2). It is also close to many shopping areas and commercial zones.
A proud mother of 10 Delacruz/Ortiz Family | Jul 2, 2018
This place is amazing 😉 it has lots of big and beautiful buildings! Not like in the US where they tear down everything, at night it’s amazing to walk the streets I first was a lil nervous 😬 but it’s really safe and busy!!! Lots of people all hours of the day/night! I can’t wait till I go back again❤️I wish I was there last night to hear there new PRESIDENT give his speech!!!! MEXICO MEXICO 🇲🇽
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