Mexico City and the High Central Plateau, January 2009

Mexico City Now

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini


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June 25, 2009                                                                                                                                                                 wgfm

With 19 million people, Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere (3rd in the world).  The Spanish razed Tenochtitlan in 1521 and built their city on the same swampy land. Looking across the Zócalo to the Catedral Metropolitana, the settling of buildings can be seen. The riches of the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are evident in palaces, churches and public buildings.

Diego Rivera’s murals, including La Epopeya de Mexico, are in the Palacio National along with the offices of the President.

Created from 1929-35, the mural immortalizes the stages of Mexico’s struggle as Rivera saw them.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes is located near the central park.  Built of Italian marble, it has a 1910 Tiffany crystal curtain and murals by most of Mexico’s famous muralists.  The Casa de los Azulejos (above) was originally the palace of the Counts of the Valley of Orizaba.

Emperor Maximillian I ordered the construction of a great European boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma, in 1864.  It cut straight across the city.

It was originally lined with mansions that have given way to the grand designs we see now:  the stock exchange, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, the Monumento a la Independencia and the Auditorio Nacional, among other things. 

Xochimilco is a part of Mexico City that originated as pre-Columbian floating gardens.  The canals and gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and tourist attraction. The colorful barges are rented for parties with mariachis for entertainment.

The most attractive street in Mexico City is said to be in Coyoacán, the place of the coyotes.  The area is also famous as the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (the Casa Azul) and for the assassination of Trotsky.

Our hotel was in an area called Polanco, on the Paseo de la Reforma just north of Chapultepec Park.  The area is a mix of old mansions, and new apartment buildings and hotels. Small parks with sculpture are found on many streets.