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Mexico City is a megalopolis of fast roads, magical villages, colonial towns, breath-taking sceneries, and hoards of visitors. The place looks like a giant urban sprawl but at the same time, the cityscape is utterly rewarding. Located in northern Mexico, the cultural, economic, and financial center of Mexico stands for a charm and ancient glamour.

The region of Mexico City had hosted the ancient civilizations of the Teotihuacan, Toltec, and Aztec people. The Aztec have succeeded in dominating all, except for one, central Mexican states by the end of the 15th century. After the conquest, the Spaniards established the ceramic industry, began to exploit the mines, and organized haciendas for the breeding of cattle and the production of sugar and wheat. The Catholic Church chose the region of Mexico City as a starting point of its missionary activities in Mexico. The Church left a legacy of many grandiose churches and solid and fortified monasteries.

Mexico City boosts intense and lively cultural life. The largest cultural event in the city is the Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico. The event takes place in April and features concerts, dances, theatre performances, visual arts exhibitions, and many children entertainment activities. In addition, the capital hosts many cultural and historical landmarks. The Calzada de Los Muertos, or the Avenue of the Dead, contains the former royal palaces of the Teotihuacan and some important structures such as the Piramide del Sol. The latter is the third largest pyramid in the world. Its height is 70 m while the base is 222 m long on each side. Piramide de la Luna, to the north, is an elegantly proportioned pyramid that was constructed around 300 AD. To the northeast of Piramide del Sol is the priestís residence Palacio de Tepantitla. This place displays one of the world famous Teotihuan frescos Paradise of Tlaloc. The mural features the rain God, followed by the priests.

La Ciudadela represents a square complex that had served as the supposed residence of the cityís ruler. The citadel contains a pyramid named Templo de Quetzalcoatl. Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl stands for the Palace of the Quetzal Butterfly and the home of the high priest. The Palacio de los Jaguares contains several chambers covered with murals. They display the Jaguar God, carrying feathered headdresses and praying to the Rain God Tlaloc. The Museo de la Pintura Mural Teotinuacana features murals and reconstructions of murals produced by the Teotihuacan civilization.

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