El Ángel de la Independencia

#13 in Best Things To Do in Mexico City
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Key Info

Paseo de la Reforma y Florencia

Price & Hours

Free
Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Flanking the Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City, El Ángel de la Independencia is a column monument topped by a bronze depiction of the Greek goddess Victory, one of the most beloved symbols of the city.

Originally built to commemorate Mexico's war with Spain for independence, the structure has also evolved into a mausoleum for war heroes. Recent visitors said it is an impressive sight.

In recent years, El Ángel has become a favorite gathering place for sporting event and political rallies.

You can also find crowds of visitors waiting on weekends to enter the column base or climb the more than 200 steps to the top of the tower. The monument is free to visit, just make sure to look both ways when crossing the large roundabout the structure sits inside of. 

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#1 Museo Nacional de Antropología

Located within the famous Chapultepec Forest, the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) holds artifacts from Mexico's pre-Columbian era, dating from about 100 B.C. to A.D. 1521. The facility houses artifacts, including the famous Aztec Calendar Stone, known as Piedra del Sol, as well as the famed 16th-century statue of Xochipilli, the Aztec god of art, games, beauty, dance and maize (among others). The museum offers a look at how tradition, culture and life were formed in all regions of Mexico. 

The museum is so extensive that many travelers claim you can spend a whole day exploring the many collections and exhibits and recommend giving yourself plenty of time to explore. As one of the largest and most visited museums in Mexico, the grounds are also home to a gift shop, a cafeteria, a locker room and the National Library of Anthropology and History. 

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