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Monumento a la Revoluci贸n - Monument Mexico City - Mexico

At the height of his power, President Porfirio D铆az, who ruled from 1876 to 1910, sought to construct a new legislative palace for his puppet government. He himself laid the first stone at the Plaza de la Rep煤blica after a scandalous competition that ended with the project awarded to French architect Emile B茅nard. (He had planned a French-style building with an enormous cupola.)

With massive cost overruns, only the iron skeleton and foundation of the palace had been erected when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910. The new revolutionary administration nearly razed the structure, but Mexican architect Carlos Obreg贸n Santacilia rescued the rusting iron monster. He transformed it into a marble and basalt monument commemorating the revolution. Not only did Santacilia add hulking statues in a Mexican socialist-realist style, but he also planned for a museum in the basement of the monument.

The monument was inaugurated in 1938, but the museum didn't open until 1986, mostly due to a lack of funds. The monument is also a mausoleum; in the crypt are the remains of revolutionary heroes Francisco "Pancho" Villa, Venustiano Carranza, Francisco Madero, Plutarco El铆as Calles and L谩zaro C谩rdenas.

Note: Normally, visitors could enter the crypt in the Monumento a la Revoluci贸n and ride an elevator to the top of the monument for a great view of Mexico City, but the structure is under renovation, covered in scaffolding, and closed to visitors. Work is supposed to be completed sometime in 2010, in time for the bicentennial Mexican Independence celebrations.

Plaza de la Rep煤blica
Mexico City, Mexico

Monument Types:

Getting There
The nearest metros are Revoluci贸n and Hidalgo. Or, take one of the buses that troll up and down Paseo de la Reforma and get off at Avenida de la Rep煤blica.

Price Description: free

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Note: The monument and crypt are currently closed until sometime in 2010.)

Travel Skills: None

Museo Nacional de la Revoluci贸n, Alameda Central, Museo Nacional de San Carlos

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

Contact Information:
Zip: 06030
Phone: (52) (55) 5546-2115
Fax: (52) (55) 5566-1902

02 Oct 2009

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