Capital of the Mexican Republic, it is one of the world’s largest cities with its 20 million inhabitants.
Situated at 2,240 meters (7,349 ft) above sea level, this great metropolis is surrounded by mountains and natural areas of great beauty, from which the mythical and majestic volcano Popocatépetl rises, whose summit reaches 5,432 meters (17,822 ft) in height. This city is not only a world of people, streets and cars, but also a space in which its different historical periods continually come to life.
Since the Aztecs founded it, the city has adopted styles and influences of each one of its historical epochs, from the splendor of the Mexica Empire and the brilliance of the Viceroyalty to the different subsequent periods: Independence, Monarchy of Iturbide, Empire of Maximilian, the Republic.
The visitor will be attracted by the Aztec temples, the old constructions of the Colonial period, palaces, churches, convents, as well as its historical and typical neighborhoods, among them Coyoacán, San Ángel, Chapultepec Park, with its cheerful and colorful popular life, the canals of Xochimilco and its numerous and extraordinary museums.
The book is divided into four sections: Mexico-Tenochtitlán, the conquest of the great Tenochtitlán, Mexico City, capital of the Viceroyalty of New Spain and the modern and contemporary capital.
Full-color photographs and documents representing museums, architectural works, sculptures, mural painting and human types of the city, supported by a well-documented text, make it possible to know this megalopolis so full of historical and cultural contrasts.