Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) is a must see, especially if you appreciate beautiful art. It is home to some powerful murals by famed muralist Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949).
The actual building was completed in 1774 and is also well known as the place where Padre Miguel Hidalgo (1753-1811) abolished slavery in Mexico.
You probably won't have problems finding the Government Palace. There are usually guards standing watch at the entrances. I have to admit that I was a little hesitant about trying to pass through. I thought they were screening visitors.
So we asked "¿Podemos ver adentro?," which means "Can we look inside?" and they waved us right in. So don't be worried that they won't let you through. They are just there to keep order.
You'll walk in and see a beautiful large inner patio with lots of columns and arches in the typical colonial style.
The center of the building is opened so the sun shines through adding to its beauty.
We were just on time because a tour of the building had just begun. The tour was in English and our guide talked about the murals and their significance. Feel free to ask questions!
My absolute favorite was the large mural that sits over the staircase by renowned artist Jose Clemente Orozco.
The mural covers about 400 meters (1,312 ft) and it shows the priest Miguel Hidalgo carrying a fiery torch and depicts the Mexican Revolution.
This mural alone is definitely worth the visit. It's very moving and quite powerful when you see it in person. Enjoy! You can also view more of his work at Hospicio Cabañas, where some of the most beautiful murals in Mexico reside.