Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most important avenues in Mexico City is a multifaceted place where, apart from being able to admire modern buildings and spectacles, you can also visit historic sites, monuments, and places that will help you to understand more about the history of Mexico.
Along it’s nearly 15 kilometers of length, Paseo de la Reforma counts on imposing and important monuments that are worth visiting during your stay in Mexico City.
Here we are listing some of the most important monuments that can be found in this beautiful and spectacular avenue, at a walking distance from our hotel.
Angel of Independence
One of the most important symbols of Mexico City is, without a doubt, the Angel of Independence. It was inaugurated in 1910 to commemorate the centenary of Mexico’s independence and on the high part of the colossal column of more than 50 meters of height, you can appreciate the angel (or winged victory), a bronze sculpture bathed in gold that represents the end of the 3 centuries of Spain’s dominion in Mexico.
Under the sculpture, the column counts on different carvings that represent the freedom of Mexico and at the base you can appreciate other sculptures such as that of Miguel Hidalgo, hero of the Mexican independence.
This site also serves as a place of rest for various main heroes from the movement of independence that in 1821 finished in a definite way the dominion of Spain and meant the birth of Mexico as a new country.
It is located on the roundabout that intersects the Paseo de la Reforma with Florencia, the street that turns into Rio Tiber.
Fountain of Diana Cazadora
In 1942 a fountain was inaugurated, product of the design of the architect Vicente Mendiola Quezada and which was inspired by Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt and moon, and its objective was to contribute with beautifying one of the most important areas of Mexico City.
The hunting Diana, as she has been popularly known for many years, has been an object of different types of news, from having to put clothes on her for considering her nudity too daring for the time to the changes of location, the last of them in 1992, as well as the mysterious identity of the model who posed for the shaping of the sculpture.
Its location is the junction of the Paseo de la Reforma and Rio Rihn (which turns into Niza).
Monument to Cuauhtemoc
Cuauhtemoc was one of the most outstanding and remembered rulers of pre-colonial Mexico. He governed the Aztec empire from 1521 to 1525 and was one of the mandates that had to face the war and following fall of Mexico Tenochtitlan, which started the period of the three centuries of Spanish dominion in Mexico.
The inauguration of the monument took place in 1887 and its objective was to remember the Mexican rulers and heroes that played a part during the defense of the territory in La Conquista.
Its current location was determined in 1949, in the roundabout that unites the avenue of Insurgentes and Paseo de la Reforma, one of the busiest in the city.
Monument to Colón.
The man who discovered the American continent while searching for an alternative route to get to “the Indias” is, without a doubt, one of the most famous characters in the history of humanity.
In 1887 the monument to Christopher Columbus was inaugurated, a product of the imagination of the French national Charles Cordier. It is located at the junction of Paseo de la Reforma with Avenida Morelos.
The monument was made during the government of Emperor Maximiliano I and was made in Europe.