Notes on the Geography of Mexico: Mexico City: Photo 9
The National Palace, on the east side of the square, occupies the site of the residence of Cortés. Sold to the Crown in 1562, the building burned in 1624 and was razed in 1628. It was then rebuilt, but the facade today is more recent still. The lower floors were renovated in the early 18th century, and the top floor was added in the 1920s,perhaps in part to soften the building's fortress-like appearance. Maximilian lived here; Bolívar and von Humboldt were guests. Today the building is partly a museum and partly offices for the federal treasury and national archives.
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