The second most important square downtown is Santo Domingo Plaza, three blocks from the Zocalo. The Temple of the Dominican Order dating back to the 17th century remains standing on the plaza, as well as what was the Palace of the Holy Inquisition, which eventually became the College of Medicine of the National University and today has been turned into the Museum of Medicine outlining the history of this science in Mexico from prehispanic times.
Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, known as the Corregidora, a participant in the Mexican Independence movement is honored with a statue in the adjacent square called the Plaza of Autonomy. At first, scribes lined the surrounding arches filling out forms, writing business letters and personal notes. Today, they specialize in printing invitations and business cards. The highlight of this visit are the murals housed in the Public Education Ministry. Diego Rivera painted these memorable frescos early on in his career, commemorating Mexican holidays, the Mexican Revolution and Mexican Workers. These are a “must see” for Diego fans.
The Women’s Museum is a few blocks away and can be included in the walk on request.
This visit runs approximately 3 hours.