One thing that makes Mexico City so wonderful is the number of fine monuments. One that I particularly liked was the iconic Angel of independence, located on Reforma at the intersection with Florencia on the northwest corner of the Zona Rosa district.
The Angel de la Independencia was built to celebrate the 1910 centennial of Mexico’s battle for independence from Spanish colonial rule and to commemorate the heroes of the struggle; a gilded angel, symbolizing victory, tops the monument. The remains of a number of important Mexican heroes, including Hidalgo, the priest who is called the Father of Mexican Independence, are interned at the base of the monument. The Angel has become a gathering place for political rallies and to celebrate important events.
Entrance is free and one can view the monument at the base and also ascend to the top.
Unfortunately my timing was bad and I did not have the opportunity to climb up to the viewing platform based under the angel. Apparently one can reach the top by climbing up two hundred steps to the top, although only a few people are permitted at a time due to the narrowness of the interior. The monument is also quite striking at night when lights light it.
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