Palacio de Gobierno
Museo del Palacio
The Palacio de Gobierno on the south side of the Zócalo houses the interactive Museo del Palacio, whose main displays, with a primarily...
Iglesia de La Compañía
Finely carved facades adorn the colonial Iglesia de La Compañía.
Traffic-free, shaded by tall trees and surrounded by elegant portales (arcades), the Zócalo is the perfect place to start soaking up...
Café del Jardín
The Jardín has a peerless position beneath the arches at the Zócalo's southwest corner. In the evening you’re likely to be serenaded by...
El Asador Vasco
For a meal, rather than a drink or snack, overlooking the Zócalo, the prime choice is the Asador Vasco's upstairs terrace, which...
Palacio de Gobierno information
A 19th-century wonder of marble and murals, the State Government Palace occupies the Zócalo's southern flank. The large, very detailed stairway mural (1980), by Arturo García Bustos, depicts famous Oaxacans and Oaxacan history, including Benito Juárez, his wife Margarita Maza, José María Morelos, Porfirio Díaz, Vicente Guerrero (being shot at Cuilapan), and the 17th-century nun and love poet Juana Inés de la Cruz.
The building also houses the interactive Museo del Palacio . Its main displays, with a primarily educational purpose and in Spanish only, range over evolution, the pre-Hispanic ball game, biodiversity and more, with a Oaxacan handle on universal themes. Also here is what is very probably the world’s largest tortilla – a 300kg tlayuda , decorated with the history of Mexico by Enrique Ramos.