The Emperor's Way Walking Tour will take you through the history of Chapultepec and its beautiful Imperial Castle, witness of French and American invasions, and also home of the last Mexican dictator, General Porfirio Diaz.
This tour will begin with the marvelous "Estela de Luz", the monument of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence; a quartz and steel monument, unique in the world. Then we will visit the Heroic Cadets memorial before we walk up to the Castle.
The Castle of Chapultepec, home of the National Museum of History, has an amazing view of Reforma Avenue and the skyscrapers of Mexico City.
This is a place you should visit while visit Mexico City: a Royal Castle in the middle of the City.
Chapultepec, original word from ancient language Nahuatl, was the place where Mexica emperor Moctezuma I, with the help of Nezahualcóyotl, lord of Texcoco, ordered to be built a water lane to supply fresh water to the city of México-Tenochtitlan. The chronic says that this was a sacred place, home the gods of water.
From pre-Hispanic times, Chapultepec has been appreciated as a place of rest and relaxation. At the base of the hill was a residence of Moctezuma II – last Mexican emperor; later a resting palace that served to numerous viceroys. But in the middle of the 18th century, the decision was made to build a new palace at the top of the hill.
In mid XIX century, it was the residence of the Mexican Empire of Maximilian. In 1883, it became the presidential residence and thanks to the general Porfirio Diaz that both the Castle and the gardens would reach their greater splendor.
Finally in 1939, the president of the Republic, the general Lazaro Cardenas, appointed the Chapultepec Castle as part of the national heritage.
The National Museum of History was inaugurated in the Castle the 27 of September of 1944.
“THE EMPEROR’S WAY” will take you through the history of Chapultepec and its beautiful imperial castle with the guide of Mexico to Pie Walking Tours.
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