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Just west of Bellas Artes is the Alameda, a large public park with tree-lined paths, fountains and plenty of benches to sit and relax. It's a nice little green space in the heart of one of the world's largest cities and a great place to have an ice cream or just spend a few moments relaxing.
The original design of the city, which was made by Alonso Garcia Bravo immediately after the Conquest, did not include these lands located west of Plaza Mayor, somewhat far from it.
Once the lake was completely dried up, there was no problem to plant trees and flowerpots on this fertile grounds, which in 1592 would become the first public walk of the city, on order of Viceroy Luis de Velasco (son).
In the beginning, the park was smaller than it is now. To the east, where Palacio de Bellas Artes was built between 1904 and 1934, the small Plaza and Convento de Santa Isabel were located; to the west, the small Plaza de San Diego. They were both added in 1796 in order to almost duplicate its size.
Since then the Alameda has gone through many changes: Calzada Mexico-Tacuba turned into Avenida Hidalgo and Calle Corpus Christi into Avenida Juarez. Design also changed, although it still has its same decoration of polygonal meadows, roundabouts, sculptures, stone benches and beautiful fountains it acquired mainly in Porfirio Diaz? times.
Within its perimeter and its surroundings there are several museums, buildings of great historical and architectural value, theaters, movies, restaurants, bars, a small Chinatown and many other interesting places.
It owes its name to the fact that, in its origins, only poplar trees or alamos were planted there. Many people believe poplars were later substituted with ash trees, which are leafier and less fragile, but actually, this park features 34 different species of trees. White poplars and aspen trees are amongst the most remarkable.
Fountains & Sculptures:
On the southern side of the Alameda there is a group of noteworthy marvle sculptures, which are works by artist Jesus Contreras.
Central walkways lead to some roundabouts where there are stone benches and several fountains featuring stone and bronze sculptures of mythological figures (Neptune, Mercury, the Bacchantes, Venus and Isis). To the east there is a monument to Beethoven, which was donated by the Colonia Aleman in 1921.
Besides poplars, there are also several ash trees and glossy privets, which are the most abundant species throughout the city. Here one can find also jacarandas, cedars, Indian lilacs, trees of Heaven from China, pines, elms (hackberry trees and papalotes), locust trees, yuccas, acacias and many others.This combination of trees, added to a great diversity of shrubs and flowerbeds, gives the park a unique appearance.
Alameda Park is located right next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It is a nice park with lots of trees and greenery everywhere. There a a few fountains and a Juarez Monument. We purchased quite a few souveniers here. They were very inexpensive here. I have to say I really didnt even have to try to bargain because I found the prices pretty low already. As a matter of fact I forgot one souvenier for someone and I had to purchase something at the airport. The same item that I bought for lets say 1.00usd was close to $20 at the airport.
There are alot of things to chose from here. They sell food, ceramics, DVD's, music, t-shirts and other clothing, posters and tons of other stuff.
You can also park yourself on one of the many benches they have located all over the park and people watch or just get some rest.
It nice to come here even if its just to walk through the park to get through to the other side. At night there is alot of people here especially on the side towards the Theatro Hidalgo near where all the food vendors are.
Alameda Central is a picturesque park in the western part of Centro Historico that is very popular with locals on Sundays, when the park is full of merchants selling food and all kinds of things from jewelry to music CDs. There are several fountains and other monuments throughout the park that make it even more interesting.
Alameda is a small yet beautiful park, adiacent to the Palacio Bellas Artes and with plenty of classical statues and fountains. The most impressive element of the park is the Benito Juarez monument, dedicated to the Mexican liberal president who evicted the French in the war of 1864-67 and deposed and executed Emperor Maximilian. A nice spot to stroll around and also close to several sights, like the Palacio Bellas Artes or the Diego Rivera mural museum.
I went there a lot and I liked the policemen riding around on their horses to be sure that everything is alright within the park.
Next to the Park you will find the Bellas Artes and the Franz Mayer Museum and the Monument de Benito Juarez.
The Central Alameda Park **
This is one of the most important parks in Mexico City.
The viceroy Luis de Velasco decided to create it due to the lack of recreation spaces for the aristocracy. The park was inaugurated in 1593.
Originally it was called "Paseo de la Ciudad", but soon it was better knew as Alameda because it was intended to saw it with poplars (álamos in spanish). The name became so popular that now it is used to call all the similar parks.
The alameda was expanded in 1771 replacing a burning space of the inquisition, and after Mexico independence it became a public space.
The park was redesigned by empress Carlota and by Porfirio Diaz wich removed the wall araound the alameda wich has been there since it was created, he also built seven fountains resembling classical sculptures, and replaced the Moorish kiosk with the Juárez hemicycle, a monument for Mexico president Benito Juárez. Another kiosk remains on the other side of the park.
In the alameda you will also find one of Diego Rivera`s most famous murals, "Sueño de una tarde dominical en la alameda central" or Sunday afternoon dream at the central alameda in english.
the alameda remains a very popular public space ideal for walking, hearing the live music or just to sit and watch people.
La Alameda, or the sunday afternoon dream.
La Alameda -
The countless trees of La Alameda rise like guardians for ancient stories of gallantry, drama, progress and decadence.
It is the first park of the city, where hustle and bustle of Christmas feasts combines with the quiet court yards of ancient convents and the glamour of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace).
This mood goes back to 1592 when the Viceroy Luis de Velazco ordered its creation in the packed space of the island-city...
The initial poplar trees didn't succeed, but other kinds of trees formed an small forest, an ideal frame for seduction.
The modern shape of the garden dates from the end of the XVIII Century when geometric pathways and fountains made it's adornment.
During the Romantic era some cheerful sculptures where laid among the trees, but the most remarkable is the 'Hemiciclo a Benito Juárez', a monument in the south border.
Around its fringes stand such noteworthy buildings as the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Plaza de Santa Veracruz (Santa Veracruz Square), and the disappeared Pinacoteca Virreinal (Viceroyalty Gallery).
In 1985 some of the buildings of that area collapsed after the 2 minute earthquake that killed hundreds of people.
The small square and museum in Dr. Mora St. and Juárez Av. was created in the memory of that tragedy.
For those visitors who like to dream a little, it is possible to view, close by, the outstanding mural by Diego Rivera dedicated to this park: 'Sueño de una tarde de domingo en la Alameda' (Sunday afternoon dream at the Alameda Park), wich depicts his vision of the Alameda life and history.
For those who would like to attain a higher perspective on the Alameda and the city, the 'Torre Latinoamericana' (Latin American Tower, 1954) stands by to offer magnificent panoramas from its lofty observation decks.
Alameda Central Park
Alameda Central is a public park in downtown Mexico City.
The park is a green garden with paved paths and decorative fountains and statues, and is frequently the center of civic events. It was created in 1592, and has served several historic functions, including functioning as the site of the Spanish Inquisition's burning of heretics. In 1985 some of the buildings of that area collapsed after the 2 minute earthquake that killed hundreds of people. The small museum Alameda was created in the memory of that tragedy and contains the outstanding Diego Rivera Mural that depicts his vision of the Alameda life and History.
The most remarkable monument in Alameda Central park is the Benito Juárez Monument, in the South border.
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The Alameda is a park near the Zocalo, full of fountains and benchs shaded by trees. The Alameda is a nice place to relax, check your map and people watch for a while. once known for its crime rate. The city has cleaned the city up and have installed emergency buttons in the area.
Mexico's answer to Central Park, this inner city park is crowded with residents and vendor stalls and is a great place to rest a few minutes in a relatively peaceful setting.
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