We decided to take a walk. Without being exhaustive, because there are a lot of monuments in the so-called “Ciudad de los Palacios” (city of palaces), We made a nice – if a little long – walk to photograph some of the most representative monuments of the urban landscape of Mexico City.
We started at the “Altar a la Patria” or (around here a lot of places have more than one name) best known as “Monumento a los Niños Heroes“. We stop there to eat cotton candy and pop corn with hot sauce in the Bosque de Chapultepec (the biggest park in the city).
We left Chapultepec and started walking down “Paseo de la Reforma“, the avenue where everything happens. Our first stop was the Diana Cazadora fountain (Diana is Artemis in greek mythology), followed by the “Monumento a la Independencia” which is undoubtedly the most iconic monument of Mexico City. “The Angel” is a winged Victory holding a laurel crown. The resemblance with the Berlin Siegessäule is striking.
After another long walk we reached the intersection of Reforma and Insurgentes – at one time one of the most famous crossings of this vast city, due to the importance of both avenues -. Here we stopped to photograph Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor.
We continued towards the city downtown and in the “Alameda” we stopped in front of the large white marble building that is the “Hemiciclo a Juárez“, we admired its neoclassical style and watched some kids joyfully riding the cold Carrara marble lions. Then we walked to the Zocalo and saw a plaque with the king poet Nezahualcoyotl.
We decided to finish the excursion in the Plaza Tolsá, outside the National Art Museum. There we sat, a little tired, in the shadow of Carlos IV of Spain.
If you’re out here one day, you can visit the Palacio de Correos, you can enter the Munal or sit to eat on the terrace of the Mexican food restaurant Los Girasoles. Don’t forget your most comfortable shoes and plenty of batteries for the camera.
Photos by Héctor Barrera