Chapultepec: The Only Royal Castle In The Americas

Within walking distance of my apartment sits Chapultepec Castle, former home of royals Maximilian I and Empress Carlota. Several Mexican presidents have resided here as well, including Francisco Madero and Alvaro Obregon (the same guys who have thousands of streets named after them throughout Mexico).

castillo de chapultepec mexico city

Aside from being the previous residence of Mexico’s politicians, the castle has also served as a military academy and an astronomical observatory (see photo below).

Chapultepec observatory

The castle has been restored to reflect its royal history, with many rooms recreated to look the same as they did back in the day.

tea set Chapultepec

chapultepec bedroom

Amazing stained glass pieces adorn the entire length of this passageway, which were made in Paris on Porfirio Diaz’s behalf.  They feature five mythological goddesses of harvest and fertility.

Chapultepec hall

stained glass Chapultepec

The castle is an easy walk from metro station Chapultepec. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It costs 51 pesos (around $4) to enter. Use of a video camera costs extra. Friday seemed like a popular day for field trips, so it’s recommended to go on a different day if possible.

  • Purdy. I like castles, even though I don’t like it when there are huge disparities between the rich and the poor. I didn’t know this was the only home to royals in the Americas but it makes sense.

  • Purdy. I like castles, even though I don’t like it when there are huge disparities between the rich and the poor. I didn’t know this was the only home to royals in the Americas but it makes sense.

  • At least it’s being put to good use now – as a museum :)

  • At least it’s being put to good use now – as a museum :)