Mexico City South Area
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Among the interesting places you can visit in Mexico City South area are:
Canal de Cuemanco. This channel is located in the town of Xochimilco at the end of Periferico Sur Avenue. It is a 2200 meter long and 125 meter wide race course, which was constructed for the races of oar and canotaje of the Olympic Games in 1968.
Centro Nacional de las Artes.
This National Center of Arts is the touchstone for various art schools: musicans, graphic artists, performers, and
cinematographers. It has its own research centers, a library and a multimedia center.
Ciudad Universitaria (The University City). The University City is located in the southern part of Mexico City via Insurgentes Avenue. The National Autonomous University of Mexico was founded in the XVI century. Its first building was located on Seminario and Moneda streets. This large campus was inaugurated in 1953. It was constructed over a big zone covered with lava from the Xitle volcano. Its main buildings are the Rectory Tower; the Humanities Tower; the Central Library; the Olympic Stadium; and the Arts and Science Museum among others. Inside the Campus there is a Botanic Garden divided into two sections, one is a greenhouse and the other is a large open air garden. On the exterior walls of the Rectory Tower there are some murals painted by Alfaro Siqueiros. The Central Library has murals on mosaic on its four sides made by the painter O'Gorman representing the different stages of the Mexican History. The Auditorium of Sciences has a mural made by Chavez Morado on crystal mosaic with the theme The Conquest of Energy. The School of Sciences has a mural by the same author called The Comeback of Quetzalcoatl. The School of Medicine has some murals of Elguero Eppens with the themes The Prehispanic Culture and The Crossing of Races. The Netzahualcoyotl Hall of Concerts is located in the southern part of this campus and is considered among the most modern concert halls of the world.
Mexico City Coyoacan area:
Francisco Sosa Avenue.Leads to Jardin Centenario and Hidalgo Square; throughout it, one can see the Panzacola chapel, from the XVIII century; Santa Catarina chapel, from the XVII century, with its square and theater; the Reyes Heroles Cultural Center, and other colonial - style buildings.
Ex Convento de Churubusco. This XVII century convent served as a fortress under General Anaya's orders during the intervention of the US Army in 1847. The National Museum of Interventions now occupies this convent.
Palacio de Cortes. Until 1524 this building was the first town hall in New Spain. Rebuilt by the dukes of Terranova in the XVIII century, it now houses the political constituency officers.
Parroquia de San Juan Bautista. This church was a Dominican convent temple from the XVI century. It was rebuilt in the XIX century, and its main attractions are the Santisimo chapel and the altar piece from the XVIII century.
Casa Municipal (Casa de Cortes). Legend has it that this is the place where the Spanish conquerors totured and defeated Emperor Cuauhtemoc.
Plaza Hidalgo. With its statue of Miguel Hidalgo, this plaza, together with the Jardin del Centenario plaza, and the Portada Atrial are the scene of weekend activities that feature mimes, musicians, restaurants and vendors of almost everything.
Casa Colorada (Casa de la Malinche). Closed to the public, this building was constructed in the 17th century. According to legend, a former residence that existed on this site was the home of Malinche, Cortes's mistress.
Plaza y Capilla Santa Catarina. Francisco Sosa Street in front of Casa de Cultura Jesus Reyes Heroles. Plaza and Chapel built in the 17th century.
Museo Frida Kahlo. This is where the famous artist, wife of Diego Rivera, was bor, lived, painted, and died. Today a museum, it contains an important collection of paintings by Frida, as well as works by Orozco, Jose Maria Velazco, Paul Klee, and others.
Museo Casa de Leon Trotsky. Home of the famous Soviet revolutionary, it is the site of the Instituto del Derecho al Asilo y las Libertades Publicas.
Museo Escultorico Gales Cabrera. Houses a permanent exhibit of the works of this Mexican sculptor.
Museo de las Intervenciones (Ex convento de Churubusco). The interior and exterior of this 17th century church are beautifully adorned with baroque motifs. In 1847, the building was used as a fort by the Mexican army facing American troops during the US invasion. Today it houses a permanent collection of arms, uniforms and other objects used during foreing invasions of Mexico.
Cineteca Nacional. Four projection rooms show the best of national and international cinema. This is the site of the International Film Festival.
Zona Arqueologica de Cuicuilco (Archaeological Zone of Cuicuilco). This archaeological site is located on Insurgentes and Periferico Avenues. It is one of the Valley's most important ceremonial centers. It is made up of a 25-meter pyramid of five bodies in which top there are some vestiges of an oblong altar. There is also a museum.
Mexico City San Angel area:
Once the summer residence of Mexican aristocracy, is today a picturesque residential neighborhood lined with beautiful colonial homes, that is best know for the Bazaar Sabado, a Saturday-only handicrafts market.
Plaza de San Jacinto. This romantic plaza is framed by leafy trees and narrow cobblestone streets. It is especially nice on Saturdays when artists display their accomplishments to visitors.
Ex Convento del Carmen. Surrounded by gardens, this Carmelite convent built in 1615, houses a viceregal art museum, and works by Correa and Villapando. The temple has beautiful cupolas with glazed tiles.
Ex Hacienda de Goicoechea. Built in the 18th century, the former Hacienda de Goycoechea was the home of the Marquis de Selva Nevada y Conde de Pinillos, The Restaurant located on this property freatures a beautiful chapel and colonial gardens.
Parque de la Bombilla and Monumento a Alvaro Obregon. Obregon, a hero of the Mexican Revolution, was elected to the presidency in 1920. This park was the site of the La Bombilla restaurant where he was assassinated in 1928.
Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera. From 1934 to 1940, when they divorced, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo lived in separate quarters in this avant-garde dwelling. Rivera continued living here until his death, in 1957. The museum contains art mementos from Rivera's life, including the bed in which he died.
Calle Altavista. This street is lined with boutiques, art galleries and gourmet restaurants.
Templo y Ex Convento del Carmen. A 17th century Carmelite convent that features baroque altars, a museum of colonial art, a bizarre collection of mummies, and an annex that chronicles family life in colonial times.
Museo de Arte Carillo Gil. The museum's permanent collection contains works by Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco.
Xochimilco. is located south of Mexico City, beside the Xochimilco lake. Its most important attraction is a tour through the garden chanels aboard a typical Chalupa (a small boat). Xochmilco produces great quantities of flowers and vegetables.
Franciscan Convent of San Bernardino. Founded in 1535, which church was built in the XVI century, with a Plateresque-style facade, a great renacentist retable and a baptismal font built in 1540; the Chapel of El Rosario, built in the XVIII century.
San Pedro Actopan. Four kilometers from Milpa Alta is the San Pedro Actopan town famous because of its Feria del Mole (Mole Fair).
Mixquic. Nearby Xoxhimilco you can also visit Mixquic, a town famous for its celebrations on November 1st and 2nd regarding the Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead).
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