Chapultepec Castle an amazing Royal Castle that you should visit if you are in Mexico City.
It’s the only Royal Castle on the American Continent and it’s located in Chapultepec Park, which by the way is larger than Central Park in New York City.
The Castle is on top of Chapultepec Hill (grasshopper’s hill) at a height of 2,325 meters (7,628 ft.) and you can see how great it is even on the outside.
It was used as the official residence of the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota during the Second Mexican Empire.
My first visit to Chapultepec Castle I was just a girl, but now I can imagine the stories inside and outside during the golden years of the place. And I remember that it was a magic place for me when I was a kid.
I will share a little history of the Castle.
History of Chapultepec Castle in Mexico
In 1785 Viceroy Bernardo de Gélvez ordered the construction but he died the next year and the Spanish Crown ordered that the building be auctioned at 60,000 pesos. A small amount compared with the 300,000 pesos they spent in the construction at this point.
Finally, the building was bought in 1806 by the municipal government of Mexico City
However, during the Independence War (1810-1821) the Chapultepec Castle was abandoned for several years, until 1833 when the building became the Military Academy.
On September 13, 1847, the castle was taken by the United States during the Mexican-American War. Two years later the castle was the Military Academy again.
During the Second Mexican Empire, Emperor Maximilian took it as the residence in 1864 and hired important European architects to design several projects in the castle.
Maximilian also ordered the construction of a straight boulevard, like in Europe in order to connect the city and the castle. The name of the boulevard nowadays is Paseo de la Reforma.
Later for a few years, it was the Astronomical, Meteorological, and Magnetic Observatory.
The Mexican President Porfirio Díaz made the palace the official residence and a few presidents did the same for its time.
Finally, on February 3, 1939, President Lázaro Cárdenas decreed a law creating the National Museum of History at the Chapultepec Castle.
Chapultepec Castle Museum
Chapultepec Castle is decorated with beautiful murals, some of them painted by José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Gabriel Flores García, Eduardo Sorales, and Juan O’Gorman.
All at the castle is incredible, the furniture, the murals, the stained glass, the imperial coach, the gardens and all around it makes me travel on time.
If you can avoid the weekends or the holidays will be perfect and in the morning is the perfect time to visit, at that moment you can enjoy and take all the time you want and of course all the photos.
Tips when you visit The Castle
- Wear comfortable shoes. The place is huge and there are a lot of other things to do near and you will walk a lot!
- The castle opens at 9 am and it is the perfect time to visit it.
- Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9am-5pm.
- You have to leave strollers or backpacks at the entrance.
- Do you remember the Romeo + Juliet movie with Leonardo DiCaprio? The Capulet mansion was set at Chapultepec Castle.
Don’t miss in Chapultepec Area
The Chapultepec area is full of amazing things to do, maybe you’re going to need more than one day. But you can check the options and decide which ones are the best for you.
- Chapultepec Zoo
- Chapultepec Forest
- Modern Art Museum
- National Anthropology Museum
It is a place you are going to remember, I won’t tell you all the secrets there. You’ll discover!
Enjoy the wonderful Chapultepec Castle!
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If you want to know more about Mexico City, explore Xochimilco.