El Angel de la Independencia

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El Angel de la Independencia
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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 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.

In recent years, El Ángel has become a favorite gathering place for sporting event and political rallies, and some engaged couples consider it good luck to stop by here before getting married (as a sign of your new independence from your parents).

You can also find crowds of visitors waiting 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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