Interesting History of Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City

Chapultepec Castle
Chapultepec Castle


Assad Boulos has founded several businesses, and among his newest is a restaurant called Juan Parilla in Houston. Away from work-related duties, Assad Boulos enjoys traveling, and one of the places he has visited is Mexico and many of its sites.

Situated on top of sacred Chapultepec Hill in Mexico City, Chapultepec Castle is a prominent historic landmark in Mexico and is the only castle that royalty has lived in that is located in North America. Construction of the castle started in 1775, and the Mexico City government acquired the castle in 1806. The name “Chapultepec” is a Nahuatl word that means “at the grasshopper’s hill.” In fact, Empress Carlota and Mexican Emperor Maximilian lived there in 1864. In more modern times, Chapultepec Castle was used for the filming of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film Romeo + Juliet.

Upon walking through the entrance of the castle, visitors see a white monument dedicated to the fallen from the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Ancient glyphs carved in the stone from the reign of the Aztecs can be seen on the grounds near the castle. Currently known as a public museum, Chapultepec Castle can be accessed by public transportation.