Photo Walk Nº10 – Chapultepec Castle, the park and the Voladores
On our tenth Photo Walk, we met at the gates of the Castle, which perches on a small hill in the middle of Mexico City’s massive Chapultepec Park. Our first stop was to take photos of the views looking over towards Polanco with its skyscrapers. Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, it was hazy and rather grey so we went to explore the Castle.
Chapultepec Castle is the only real castle on the American Continent where an actual sovereign has lived. Before that, it was a Military Academy, famous for the “Niños Heroes”, the six young cadets who according to legend, during the American Invasion, wrapped themselves in the Mexican flag and jumped to their deaths from the rocky outcrop rather than be captured.
We photographed David A. Siqueiros’ massive mural depicting the Mexican Revolution, the mural on the ceiling above the main stairs of the cadets jumping to their death, and then made our way through the part of the Castle showing how Emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota lived here for a brief few years. Following that, various Presidents had this as their residence until it was finally turned into the National History Museum and opened to the public. With the black and white tiled flooring outside, the spectacular corridor upstairs lined by stained glass panels and the roof gardens and tower at the top, we had plenty of shooting opportunities, both indoors and outdoors.
We then wandered down through the park and had a coffee in the Starbucks before crossing over Paseo de la Reforma to watch the Voladores de Papantla perform their ancient ritual of flying from a high pole.