Monumento a la Independencia

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in detail

President Porfirio Díaz ordered the construction of the column and sculpture to mark the centenary of the Independence of Mexico in 1910. The project was led by the architect Antonio Rivas Mercado. It consists of an honorary Roman column inspired design and a winged victory.

Although it is known as "Ángel de la Independencia" (Angel of Independence), it is a statue of Winged Victory holding a laurel wreath and a broken chain of three links. 

It currently opens its secrets on weekends, when you can tour the crypts and then climb around 200 steps to see the city, making it one of the most visited view points by locals and foreigners. You need a special permit, though, to climb to the railing above.


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