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The Angel of Independence Monument
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The Angel of Independence Monument showing a monument, heritage elements and city views

Gaze upon this tall and majestic structure that symbolizes for the whole nation’s citizens the country’s long struggle for independence.

Mexico City’s Angel of Independence Monument stands as a tribute to the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain. From 1521when Hernán Cortés defeated the Aztec nation, until the early 1800s, the vast country of Mexico was a colony of Spain, separated by the wide Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the decade-long battle that started in 1810 and finally led to Mexico’s status as an independent monarchy and then a republic.

In 1902, almost 100 years after the formal start of the battle for independence, President Porfirio Díaz initiated the building of the monument with Antonio Rivas Mercado selected as architect. The monument was inaugurated in 1910 for the centennial of the start of the revolution amid parades and fireworks. Now more than 100 years later, appreciate this icon of Mexico’s lasting political and economic presence in the global community.

The monument consists of a circular zócalo or plinth, topped by a cubic base with four Enrique Alciati statues representing Justice, Law, Peace and War. Under the base of the statue is a mausoleum containing the remains of a dozen heroes of the revolution. A tall Corinthian column rises from the base and a Greek Nike or Winged Victory stands atop the column more than 115 feet (35 meters) above the street. The 1957 earthquake that toppled Nike from the column could not destroy this important symbol. The statue was quickly restored. See the statue at night when the Chiluca stone of the column has a bright glow in seasonal colors and the golden Nike seems ready to take flight.

Walk along Paseo de la Reforma to find the Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City’s historical center. Join gatherings here to celebrate New Year’s Eve or Mexico soccer victories. Watch the political meetings and protests that sometimes happen near the monument. On Sundays the tree-lined boulevard is closed to auto traffic, making the stroll particularly pleasant. Visit the cultural centers in Bosque de Chapultepec and see other fountains and statues along the wide street as you reflect on Mexico’s history.

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Galeria Plaza Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
4 out of 5
Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥6,531 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. U.S. Embassy and Glorieta de Insurgentes ...
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Galeria Plaza Reforma
Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
4 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma 325, Col. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥9,466 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Reforma, this hotel is steps from The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy. British Embassy and Diana the Huntress Fountain are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,277 reviews)
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Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
Sofitel Mexico City Reforma
Sofitel Mexico City Reforma
5 out of 5
297 Avenue Paseo de la Reforma, \N, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥20,119 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The Angel of Independence Monument and within 3 mi (5 km) of Castillo de Chapultepec and Palacio ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (126 reviews)
"I would recommend this hotel to anyone the staff is very respectful."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Sofitel Mexico City Reforma
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Galeria Plaza Reforma
Galeria Plaza Reforma
4 out of 5
Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥6,531 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Galeria Plaza Reforma
Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
4 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma 325, Col. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥9,466 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
Sofitel Mexico City Reforma
Sofitel Mexico City Reforma
5 out of 5
297 Avenue Paseo de la Reforma, \N, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥20,119 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Sofitel Mexico City Reforma
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
4 out of 5
Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥10,317 per night from May 14 to May 15
Camino Real Polanco Mexico
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma 500, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥31,552 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
NH Collection Mexico City Reforma
NH Collection Mexico City Reforma
4 out of 5
Liverpool No 155, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥6,908 per night from May 8 to May 9
NH Collection Mexico City Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥7,616 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel
Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 276 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥9,710 per night from May 7 to May 8
Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel
The St. Regis Mexico City
The St. Regis Mexico City
5 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 439, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is ¥26,376 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
The St. Regis Mexico City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.