Mexico City is the capital of Mexico. It is the country’s largest city and its most important political, cultural, educational and financial center. The third largest city in the world and home to close to 25 million people, it is lively and ever growing. Each day, nearly 1,000 people move from the countryside to the city, increasing the city’s growth and development. Newcomers find Mexico City to be exciting and filled with growth and cultural complexity. The city is celebrated for its 3,000 years of human cultural achievement. Its deep roots in ancient civilizations (established prior to the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century) together with its mix of indigenous American cultures makes it a fascinating place to live and work. A prominent artistic and cultural center, it has the greatest number of museums in the world where visitors will find art from colonial and pre-Hispanic times, as well as modern, contemporary and international art. Mexico City is also known as 'The City of Palaces.' Many churches from the 16th century can still be seen in the historic center. Visitors will find chapels, cathedrals and old government buildings throughout the city. Many of the oldest buildings are being renovated and you will find construction on almost every city block. Mexico City is one of the world's great capitals and one of the best places to be. Just like many other big cities, some neighborhoods are not safe. Use normal precautions, avoid unlit areas at night and seek safety in numbers and you will be just fine!