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While Mexico City is big, both in terms of population and area, most of the city's best attractions are in the historic city center (Centro Histórico de la Ciudad), a 15-square-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site containing more than 1,400 important buildings from the 16th to 19th centuries.
Mexico’s capital is both the oldest capital city in the Americas and one of two founded by Amerindians (Native Americans), the other being Quito.
The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan, and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the Spanish urban standards.
1325) on an island in the middle of a lake, and eventually became the capital of the powerful Aztec Empire.
The provision of potable water is a problem that has plagued the city for centuries.
Clockwise from top: Skyline of Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Skyline of Polanco, Palacio de Bellas Artes, The National Palace, Angel of Independence and Torre Latinoamericana.