Angel of Independence, Mexico City

Angel of Independence, Mexico City (must see)

The focal point for both celebrations and protests, the Angel of Independence serves as a monument of the 100th year of Mexican Independence and as a memorial for its heroes. The statue is located in a roundabout over the Paseo Reforma in Mexico City. The official name of the statue is the Columna de la Independencia.

President Porfirio Diaz commissioned the sculpture in 1902. Italian sculptor Aciati made the figures that adorned the structure and architect Antonio Rivas Mercado designed the monument. The first purpose of the Angel was to commemorate the 100th year of Mexico's Independence. In 1925, the monument was also made a mausoleum for heroes. Miguel Hidalgo, the father of the nation, Juan Aldama and Nicolas Bravo are interred beneath the foundations. The angel fell from the pillar in the earthquake of 1957 but was restored to its former glory by sculptor Jose Fernandez Urbina. An eternal flame to honor the interred heroes was added in 1929.

The column is made of steel surrounded by quarried stone. The 36-meter high column is covered with carved garlands, palms and rings. The carved figures contain names of the important personalities who helped to shape Mexico's independence. The angel on top is 6.7 meters high and is made of bronze coated with 24-carat gold. A hidden staircase within the column takes visitors to the Corinthian style Capital and the angel is lit beautifully for the benefit of those who drive by at night.

Tip:
Tours to the Angel normally include only a walk around inside the statue's base and its mini-museum; however, with advance notice and a special permit, groups can ascend the statue's inner staircase and go all the way to the top for a glimpse at the city below – a breathtaking site!
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Angel of Independence on Map

Sight Name: Angel of Independence
Sight Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Exploring Zona Rosa, Mexico City  

Walking Tours in Mexico City, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

Create Your Own Walk in Mexico City

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Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Mexico City without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mexico City, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park Tour, Mexico City

Chapultepec Park is one of the most famous parks in Mexico City. It is located on the Chapultepec Hill, that has a major historic importance for Mexicans. This park features some of the best known tourist attractions in Mexico city, like the Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Chapultepec Castle, and Papalote Children Museum. Take this walking tour to explore Chapultepec Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Top Museums Walking Tour, Mexico City

Top Museums Walking Tour, Mexico City

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Mexico City's Nightlife

Mexico City's Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Historic Center Walk

Historic Center Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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