Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City

“…construction of the Monumento a la Revolución was interrupted by the Revolution…” (Lonely Planet)

Because of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Monument, a triumphal arch, was left unfinished until 1938. The original purpose of building was to be a legislative chamber, but after the Revolution this was changed into a monument dedicated to that Revolution. Monument to the Mexican Revolution of 1910Detail of the exterior with art moderne lighting on a base of volcanic rock with the proud Mexican eagle perched on its base. Light with an eagle base at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityEach ‘corner’ of the domed copper roof has huge figures constructed in the Mexican socialist realism style.Stalwart figures guard the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityA early photo of the monument showing the typical ironwork frame construction popular at the turn of the century. And so it remained, construction delayed because of the Mexican Revolution.Photo of the early stages of construction of Ceiling in the interior of the Monument to the Mexican Revolution of 1910In the basement is a display of glass guns (and apparently tombs of revolutionaries although somehow we missed them.)Glass guns at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityFrom the plaza level there are many stairs you can climb up.Stairs at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityI love this green ceiling but can’t find any information on it.Green ceiling at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityA detail of the green ceiling with a display of the revolutionary guns done in glass. Glass guns at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityThere is a new glass elevator that will take you up to the top, here looking down the elevator shaft.Looking down at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityLooking down at people around the fountain.Looking down at people around the fountain at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityAt each level are expansive views of the city.Looking down at the view from the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityYou can climb inside the domed roof and view the inner iron skeleton.Spiral staircase at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityMore stairs. Stairs at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityAnd then climb a ton of stairs back down!Stairs at the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico CityMore of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Interesting Architecture.

3 responses to “Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City

  1. Pingback: Curves in Architecture | Albatz Travel Adventures·

  2. An amazing example of creativity in architecture. Rather interesting that the building was delayed long enough that the revolution ended and they re-designed its intent to recognize it.

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