Miguel Hidalgo


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The history of Miguel Hidalgo goes back to the pre-Hispanic settlements of Chapultepec and around what is now the neighborhoods of Tacuba and Tacubaya. Some of the great convents built by religious orders who came to evangelize were also located here, such as the Convento de San Gabriel Arcángel in Tacuba. These neighborhoods have maintained their strong popular character. It was precisely because of that identity that permeates every corner that Tacubaya was chosen by Luis Barragán to build his dwelling and his studio, one of the most unknown jewellers of the capital.

The area was developed, however, with the growth of the great city of Mexico to the west. Traditionally a recreational location, where Mexican elites built their residences in the Polanco. Art déco mansions and colonial Californian style surround leafy avenues. Today this neighborhood, which retains its cosmopolitan spirit, is a business, hotel, entertainment and high level shopping center and houses two of the most cosmopolitan city museums: the Museo Soumaya and the Museo Jumex, located in Plaza Antara next to Acuario Inbursa.

Between the sophistication of Polanco and the traditional roots of Tacuba and Tacubaya, lie the lungs of the city: Bosque de Chapultepec. A real urban park miraculously preserved from the time of the Mexica to today. The forest is divided into three sections and comprises many of the most important cultural and leisure activities of the city. The Bosque de Chapultepec houses the Zoológico, the MUTEC, the Papalote Museo del Niño and the Feria de Chapultepec, and the great cultural centers of the city: Museo Nacional de Antropología, Museo de Arte Moderno, Museo Tamayo and the impressive Auditorio Nacional.

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