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Monumento a la Revolucion

Updated on April 17, 2012
Monumento a la Revolucion
Monumento a la Revolucion | Source

Monument to the Revolution

If you find yourself visiting Mexico City you should take a moment to hop on the metro and go visit the the Monumento a la Revolution. It is located in the downtown between Avinida de los Insurgentes  and Paseo de la Reforma in Plaza de la Republica, or Republic Square. Again, it is very easy to reach via the metro system.

Built from 1932 to 1938 over what was to be the Federal Legislative Palace and designed by Carlos Obregon Santacilia, the Revolution Monument serves not only as a monument to the Mexican Revolution of 1910, but as a mausoleum for that war's heroes. In each of the monuments columns is a mausoleum, holding Pancho Villa, Plutarco Elias Calles, Francisco I. Madero, Lazaro Cardenas, and Venustiano Carranza.

Monumento a la Revolucion
Monumento a la Revolucion | Source

The monument is just a few hundred feet from the metro exit. The area is very secure and guards constantly stand duty. Within the monument you will find a museum with artifacts and a history of the revolution. For a couple of bucks you can ride the elevator to the inside of the top and walk around to lookouts, where you can get some pretty good views of that part of the city. 

The Plaza de la Republica is a good place to sit down and relax. The area functions much like a park, with all different sorts of people doing all sorts of things. As with the rest of Mexico City, there should be a number vendors walking around selling food and refreshments. You can take photos of the monument while you watch the diverse crowd interact, from skater kids to street performers to students to tourists

 There are convenience stores and restaurants nearby, along with restrooms (like most of Mexico City they are pay restrooms, unless you bought an elevator ticket, then the restrooms within the monument are free.) When me and my wife visited we found the environment in the Plaza so nice that we spent the better part of the day there people watching and eating junk food.

Me and my wife at Monumento a la Revolucion in 2011
Me and my wife at Monumento a la Revolucion in 2011 | Source

Here's a video of the monument I found on YouTube


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    • Claudia Tello profile image

      Claudia Tello 6 years ago from Mexico

      Coincidentally I was there just a week ago doing a photography practice! I would have never thought of writing a hub about it. Nice that you appreciated it and where inspired enough to do so.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thank you Rick for sharing this with me. I love finding out about new places and points of interest. I never really think much about mexico because I am always thinking about the ruin left across the region. This is a good hub that is written well! goodjob!