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Three Things About Mexico City

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This installment of Three Things About Mexico City is courtesy of Elena Gutierrez, Visit Mexico City

about Mexico city: the Monumento a la Revolución
Monumento a la Revolución is a landmark and monument commemorating the heroes of the decade-long Mexican Revolution of 1910, where up to two million lives were lost. Photo courtesy: Deb Roskamp

1. Question: What are some of the “things” or activities that the people of Mexico City do for fun?

about Mexico City: Templo Mayor ruins
In 1978, electricity workers discovered an eight-ton stone-disc carving of the Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui on the edge of the Zocalo. A decision was made to demolish the colonial buildings and begin excavation. Templo Mayor was revealed, becoming Mexico City’s most important archaeological site. Photo courtesy: Deb Roskamp

Answer:

Historical Center

To see: National Palace, the Zocalo, Templo Mayor and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the place where past and present is touched. You will also see some of the main avenues, Reforma, Chapultepec and the Monumento a la Independencia, an unmistakeable symbol of Mexico’s capital.

2. Question: What’s one thing the public probably does NOT know about Mexico City?

about Mexico City: the Coyoacán neighborhood
Museo Frida Kahlo is Coyoacán’s most popular destination. The house was Kahlo’s birthplace and where she lived all of her life. Now a museum, it contains her artwork and workspace, paintings by Diego Rivera, Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. Photo courtesy: Deb Roskamp

Answer:

Coyoacan

At the south of the city is Coyoacan, where headquarters of important educational institutions of Mexico are located, such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Autonomous Metropolitan University. The historical center of Coyoacan is the intellectual and bohemian neighborhood of the Mexican capital. There you find the “Frida Khalo” museum, a house that belonged to the Kahlo family since 1904 and in 1958 became a museum.

3. Question: Share some aspect of what Mexico City has contributed to the world.

about Mexico City: the Xochimilco Floating Gardens
Xochimilco Floating Gardens stretch out about 17 miles south of Centro Historico, and is yet another of Mexico’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Photo courtesy: Deb Roskamp

Answer:

Xochimilco

You will see traditional chinampas, which are testimony of an ancient Mesoamerican agricultural technique, that was developed and shared by several towns of the Valley of Mexico.

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