Photo Walk Nº11 – Monumento a la Revolución and Reforma

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Our meeting point for Photo Walk Nº11 was the Monumento a la Revolución which we learned had originally been planned as the Legislative Palace but with the Mexican Revolution interrupting the building work, was abandoned for many years. Only the central part with the dome was kept, and turned into a tribute to the Revolution.

We photographed this massive structure from various angles, took pictures of its reflection in nearby buildings and then to our surprise, on the large open square we came across a man with a pet white mouse which took a liking to Stephanie. It just goes to show that this City is surreal… you can see anything here.

We moved on to the Loteria Nacional, a restored Art-Déco style building inside and outside, and took photos of the large mural called “El Juego de la Fortuna” by Ariosto Otero, inaugurated in 2010. It shows the lottery or games of fortune throughout history in Mexico, starting from Pre-Hispanic times up to the present day.

Next to this building is the “Caballito”, the huge yellow horse head by Mexican sculptor Sebastian. What most people don’t realize is that this doubles up as a chimney or vent for the underground drainage system. Here we took photos of it reflected in the shiny windows of the Torre del Caballito while having a coffee stop.

Next we wandered down Paseo de la Reforma to the Monument to Christopher Columbus and then returned to the Monumento a la Revolución where we took the glass lift to a height equivalent to 22 stories to the viewpoint where you have a panoramic view of 360º. Shame it was so hazy. We took photos of the view over the city and the dome inside before taking the lift back down.

 

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