Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City

Monumento a la Revolución Mexico City

When you are in Mexico City, you can never be far from history and culture, and photography too. I clicked few angular photos here. (More angular photos here) You also cannot miss an evening, strolling on the most famous boulevard of the city, Paseo de la Reforma. Filled with chic cafes, hotels, office buildings, art exhibitions and several tourist attractions, it is a touristy part of the city.

Monumento a la Revolución Mexico City

Close to the boulevard, at the Plaza de la República (Republican Square), you will find an iconic and beautiful monument. This is Monumento a la Revolución or Monument to the Revolution. 65 meters in height, this imposing structure, with a massive copper dome supported by four arches, celebrates the Mexican revolution of 1910. Four arches or ‘four groups of sculptures’ are dedicated to the Independence, the Reform, the Agrarian and Labor Laws. This is a must-visit monument in Mexico City. Heroes of the revolution are buried here below the four arches of the monument.

Monumento a la Revolución Mexico City

History of this landmark building dates back to 1910 when President Porfirio Díaz, or rather Dictator Díaz, invited architects and sculptors to build a new parliament building. It was to commemorate the 100 years of Mexican independence from Spanish rule. Hence, it was proposed that the structure has to be one of the grandeur and biggest of its kind. Unfortunately (or fortunately!), a wealthy and young Mexican named Francisco Madero challenged President Díaz in the presidential election and was thrown into jail by the President. This led to the revolt against the dictatorship of Díaz and the plan of the building could not materialize.  In 1912, construction was suspended.

View from Monument to the Revolution Mexico City

View from Observatory Deck

For next two decades, the steel structures lay abandoned at the site. Then in 1932, architect Carlos Obregon Santacilia and sculptor Oliverio Martinez gave a fresh lease of life to the building, though differently, as a monument to the revolution. Parliament building was never built at this site. But what was built finally is the present day architectural monument completed in 1938.

Monumento a la Revolución Mexico City

In 1970, monument was closed down and the elevator going up to the observatory deck was suspended. It was in 2010 in the centennial year of the revolution that the building was restored and opened for public once again. Today, when you stand at the observatory deck of this monument, remember this marvelous building stands testimony to the 100 years of history. If you want to know more about the Mexican history and revolution, visit Museo Nacional de la Revolución which is located at the basement level of the monument.

Monumento a la Revolución Mexico City

In 40 pesos (3 USD), we rode in a glass enclosed elevator up to the observatory deck (mirador). Take few steps up, and you reach the observatory deck. Spending little more, you can even go further and reach the summit of the tower, Paseo Linternilla. However, I will not recommend this to those on budget travels. Rather sip your coffee at the café, located at the observatory deck, and enjoy the 360 degree view of Mexico City, lay bare before you. Let me give you a tip here. If you are early to the monument, you get a Free guided tour of the place. This is in Spanish and is available on first-come-first-served basis up to 20 persons. Some bit of Spanish can save you few pesos. Any saving is good for budget travel, isn’t it?

Monumento a la Revolución Mexico City

Sunset is a better time to visit there when the monument is lit up. In the evening, you can also enjoy the illumination of lights at the fountain, which is located at the Plaza. Fountains spread its magic throughout the day, otherwise.

View from Monumento a la Revolución Mexico City

View from Observatory Deck

At any time of the day, there will be plenty of families, youngsters, bikers, and children having a gala time at the Plaza. You must definitely walk through the water fountains like the locals do. Have fun as the locals do. Plaza hosts many public concerts and events.

Fountain Plaza Republica Mexico City

Best day of the week to visit it is on Sunday, when Paseo de la Reforma is closed for cars. On Sunday, you will find many bikers. You can walk on the street and enjoy the ambience around the monument. Since Paseo de la Reforma is one of the most happening places of the city, you may often find several protests and demonstrations in this part of the city. When we visited the monument, there were several tents at the rear side of the monument, which I presume were of protesters. But that should not detract you from visiting this place.

Fountain Plaza Republica Mexico City

Miscellaneous Information

How to Reach: Take a Metro train and get down at metro station Revolución, which will cost you a mere 6 Pesos (half a dollar). Monument is just 2 blocks away from the metro station. Alternatively, hop-on-hop-off buses, called Turibus in Mexico City, also have a stop here.

Ticket Cost: Visit to monument is free. But a ride in the elevator to the observatory deck costs 40 Pesos. Add 10 Pesos and you can visit the museum also.

Hours of Operation: Mon- Thur: 12 – 8 PM; Fri & Sat: 12 – 10 PM; Sun: 10 PM – 8 PM

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Have you visited Mexico City? Did you see this monument? How was your experience?

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22 Responses to Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City

  1. Kendra S says:

    Huh. I was on a hop-on-hop off bus when it went through this area and it was dead quiet. Being New Year’s Day probably had something to do with it 🙂 I’d wondered what this area was so nice to see a write up about it!

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    • Aha. New year could be a possible reason. We also saw this first on Hop on bus. Then we went to this monument a second time in the evening when we enjoyed variety of activities below. Plus the view from the top. Also, while walking in the area of Reforma, one would definitely see this from far, cannot be missed.

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  2. Such a nice travelogue, Suyash… I would like to call it, just perfect 🙂

    A personal perspective about the place, historical background, things to be noted as a traveler, your suggestions for the budget traveler and some really inviting images…

    Let me just tell you, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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  3. Doris says:

    I am glad you found me, I love your blog, you have such a good eye for photography. I am from México but Sinaloa, México city is one of those places you cannot miss. Your photos are amazing, had to re-tweet.You can tell you love to travel, like me, you see the details in a place I love that about these photos, will check all the post on your trip to México. Funny thing I was thinking of India yesterday, and today I see your last photo, I guess it is a sign. 🙂

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    • World is a very small place, Doris. Its not so difficult to find talented people like you.

      Thanks for all your nice words and retweet. Appreciate that greatly. Mexico is a very beautiful place, unlike what many say abt the safety issues in this charming country. I find it to be so hospitable and lovely, especially the Mexicans. They were so warm and friendly people. Glad to know that you are from Mexico City. We stayed in Mexico City for 4 days and made trips to Teotihucan, Puebla, Cholula. We also traveled to Guanajuato and Riviera Maya.

      Do check my blogs on Guanajuato. You will like them. Enjoy 🙂 🙂

      Like

    • Doris says:

      I will check them out later thank you 🙂

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  4. priyankamoraes says:

    My God !!! What a post ! Am actually thinking about how I NEVER EVER thought of Mexico as a place I must visit …victim to clichés about Mexican goons I guess !! Your post has just sprouted that urge in me to put Mexico into my Bucket list! Thank you and Bravo !

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    • Dont go with what others say about Mexico. Barring few places, most of the touristy places are pretty safe to travel. Its an amazing place, with great heritage and culture. Moreover, locals are the best thing about Mexico. They are just awesome, jolly good people.

      You must definitely include Mexico in your list, if you like culture and heritage. One more thing, Mexico is not just Cancun. There is lot more to explore there.

      Thanks for your beautiful appreciation. I loved that 🙂

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    • priyankamoraes says:

      Thank you Suyash……yeah sometimes perspectives can be coloured .Will definitely add Mexico to my list. Looking forward to more wonderful posts from you !

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  5. Great to see a side of mexico other than lots of gangs and guns ! lol

    That was very informative post, I love the last two images in particular. They have this aura about them..Splendid Suyash !

    Good to know you are having a great time ❤

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    • Thanks Zee for your nice words and appreciation. Mexico, as opposed to being infamous for all wrong reasons, is a very beautiful country, culturally very rich place. In fact, in Mexico City, you will get a feel as if you are in any European city.

      Do visit my other posts on Mexico – Guanajuato – to know more about the hidden gems of this Latin American country.

      Have a great weekend ahead…!!!

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  6. quarksire says:

    what an informative share thanQ 🙂 very Kewl 🙂

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  7. jaysonconner says:

    Suyash your photography is absolutely stunning!! I don’t know if my link to my website is included with my name as my blob is not a WordPress blog. So here is my interpritation of Angular. If you wish please take down my link I just wanted to share it with you and get your feedback:

    http://nycgraphix.com/2014/11/23/weekly-photo-challenge-angular/

    Thank you 🙂
    Jayson

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  8. Sue Slaght says:

    Suyash as I look at your post again the thing i like best out of all your wonderful photos, is the fact that you gave so many different perspectives of the building. I find myself challenged with large buildings to give the reader as sense of that the place really looks like. With your various vantage points you have accomplished that for me. I will remember this the next time I am faced with a giant building. 🙂

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    • Thanks a lot Sue for your encouraging words and appreciation. They mean lot to me. I guess this is one building where I found so many activities and spent lot of time during our trip to Mexico City. Really relaxed time there, as it was our last day in the City. So, possibly, that’s the reason why I could get different perspectives of this building. A relaxed mind is better for photography, isn’t that true?

      Thanks once again for visiting my post and liking these photos. Have a great Sunday 🙂

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