National Palace (Palacio Nacional), built with Germal help in 1939-43, stands on the main square Plaza Mayor in zone 1. It was originally President´s office, now it hosts an art gallery.
Historical downtown (zone 1) is with a few exceptions (such as Plaza Mayor) run-down, buildings are poorly maintained and there is the highest risk of robbery within the whole city. Tourists are discouraged from staying here longer than necessary. Unfortunately there is sometimes no choice, because all main bus terminals are located here.
© Jan Peula, 2004