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  • 60 pesos (about $3.40) for adults and kids; free for all on Sundays
  • Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Considered the cultural center of Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is a must-visit. The exterior of the palace showcases art nouveau and art deco-style architecture, while the inside features marble floors and vaulted glass windows. 

In addition to its architectural grandeur, the building hosts cultural events in the national theater, including music, dance, theatre, opera and literary performances. The palace also holds several famous murals, including the work of the famous Mexican muralist Rufino Tamayo. On the top floor, you'll find the National Museum of Architecture, which showcases the work and lives of famous Mexican architects, and multiple art museums and galleries. 

Travelers say that the palace is sure to be one of the most beautiful sights you'll see in Mexico City. Visitors to the palace say that if you get the chance, take in a performance in the world-class theater. 

The palace is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 60 pesos (about $3.30), but you can save money by visiting on Sundays when admission is free. Rates for performances vary by discipline. For more information, check out the palace's website

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#2 Palacio de Bellas Artes Considered the cultural center of Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is a must-visit. The exterior of the palace showcases art nouveau and art deco-style ... Read more » Alex Covarrubias / Wikimedia Commons

#3 Templo Mayor Before Spanish colonization, Templo Mayor served as the religious center for the Aztec people. When Spanish Conquerors arrived in the late 14th century, the temple was among many that were ... Read more » stockcam / Getty Images

#4 Teotihuacan One of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mexico City region, Teotihuacán (teh-oh-tee-wa-can) contains some of the largest pre-Columbian pyramids in all of Mexico. The site contains ... Read more » Anuska Sampedro / Getty Images

#5 Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitucion) Officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo is the main public square and one of the most recognizable places in Mexico City. It contains a giant Mexican flag ... Read more » Manuel ROMARiS / Getty Images

#6 Bosque de Chapultepec The main park in Mexico City, Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest) was once the temporary home of the Aztec empire after its citizens migrated to modern-day Mexico City in the ... Read more » Marc Volk / Getty Images

#7 Catedral Metropolitana Mexico's national cathedral – the vaulting, austere, ornate church on the Zócalo's north end – was once the site of an ancient Aztec precinct, so it has housed the city ... Read more » J.Castro / Getty Images

#8 Museo Casa Luis Barragan Luis Barragán was a prominent Mexican architect renowned for his modernist style, and his former home – now converted to a museum – is one of the finest examples of his work ... Read more » Steve Silverman / Flickr

#9 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Central University City Campus of the National University of Mexico) includes 40 academic institutions, the Mexican Olympic stadium, a Mexican cultural center, a nature ... Read more » csp / Shutterstock

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The Palacio de Bellas Artes, or Palace of Fine Arts, showcases Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, and holds several famous murals by artists like Rufino Tamayo. Alex Covarrubias / Wikimedia Commons

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