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"Columna de la Independencia - El Angel" Angel de la Independencia Tip by AnnaLupilla

Angel de la Independencia, Mexico City: 9 reviews and 15 photos


Inaugurated in 1910, the Column of Mexican Independence was designed based on a project by Antonio Rivas Mercado and built by Roberto Gayol, with sculptures by Enrique Alciati. This monument has a square base and at each corner there are representations of Law, Justice, War and Peace. Some heroes of Mexican Independence, such as Morelos, Guerrero, Mina and Bravo are also featured. It is 36m tall and crowned by a statue of a Winged Victory, widely known as “El Angel”, which is holding a wreath of laurel. The Angel itself is 6,7 m tall and made of gold-plated bronze and weighs 7 tons. Inside the column there is a spiral staircase with 200 steps leading up to an observation deck, located at the Angel’s base. At its entrance there is a door leading to the mausoleum where the remains of Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Maria Morelos, Leona Vicario and Andres Quintana Roos lie, among others who fought for Mexico’s Independence. In 1957, an earthquake knocked The Angel off its pedestal and cracked the column. A group of technicians restored it and sculptor Jose Fernandez Urbina rebuilt the Winged Victory, which had shattered with the fall. For safety reasons, access to the observation deck is no longer permitted.

Address: Paseo de la Reforma and Florencia

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2005
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