Moneda Street, perpendicular to the National Palace, is located in downtown just off the Zocalo. It is home to close to a dozen important historical buildings and sites, the first of which was the home of Mexico’s archbishop. Built on top of an ancient pyramid – visible today thanks to the government’s Archaeological Window program – the Treasury Secretariat has converted the building into an eclectic art museum housing pieces donated from its in-kind tax program. Then, there is the Museum of Cultures, where the Spanish crown minted its silver coins, today showcasing the history and artwork from various cultures around the world. We will also explore Santa Teresa la Antigua Convent, with its original 18th century columns and tile work on view, as well as the site of the first printing press, Santa Ines Church still stands in its original spot, while its Convent which has been converted into a museum housing the works of controversial artist Jose Luis Cuevas. The original San Carlos Acadamy of Arts is also located on this street.
You will be surprised at the number of cultural spots located on this street that are seldom visited. This old neighborhood has lots to offer, as you will attest to after this 3 hour walking tour.