Angel de la Independencia, Mexico City
The Angel of Independence (El Ángel de la Independencia) is a victory column located on a roundabout over Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City.
El Ángel was built to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico's War of Independence, celebrated in 1910. In later years it was made into a mausoleum for the most important heroes of that war. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Mexico City, and it has become a focal point for both celebration or protest.
It bears a resemblance to the July Column in Paris and the Victory Column in Berlin.
The Angel of Independence Monument was built to commemorate the War of Independence centennial celebrations in 1910. On top of the monument is a gold color angel that can be seen glimmering from the distance and at the base war heroes name is etched.
Inaugurated in 1910, the Column of Mexican Independence was designed based on a project by Antonio Rivas Mercado and built by Roberto Gayol, with sculptures by Enrique Alciati. This monument has a square base and at each corner there are representations of Law, Justice, War and Peace. Some heroes of Mexican Independence, such as Morelos, Guerrero, Mina and Bravo are also featured. It is 36m tall and crowned by a statue of a Winged Victory, widely known as “El Angel”, which is holding a wreath of laurel. The Angel itself is 6,7 m tall and made of gold-plated bronze and weighs 7 tons. Inside the column there is a spiral staircase with 200 steps leading up to an observation deck, located at the Angel’s base. At its entrance there is a door leading to the mausoleum where the remains of Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Maria Morelos, Leona Vicario and Andres Quintana Roos lie, among others who fought for Mexico’s Independence. In 1957, an earthquake knocked The Angel off its pedestal and cracked the column. A group of technicians restored it and sculptor Jose Fernandez Urbina rebuilt the Winged Victory, which had shattered with the fall. For safety reasons, access to the observation deck is no longer permitted.
Located at Paseo de la Reforma, one of the main avenues within the City, the Independence Monument, which was inaugurated in 1910. A landmark and symbol for the city, the victorious winged statue that crowns the column of this monument was adopted by the city's inhabitants as their guardian angel. It is perhaps fitting that so many of the city's demonstrations, both for rejoicing and in protest, take place under its protective wings.
El Angel de la Independencia or jsut AKA " el Angel".
This was a great landmark for us because whenever we thought we might be lost we looked for the Angel and made it back ok. This was also the spot where we caught the Turibus. While we were in Mexico City we where sitting on a bench near the Angel and we noticed alot of stuff going on at the monument. I think someone died because tons of flowers kept coming in like wreaths. The person might have been someone important because there was media and alot of people in suits and police escorted Black suburbans kept on coming.
This monument is huge and very beautiful. At night it is just as impressive because it is all lit up.
This monument is in honor to the heros who paid the ultimate price for the Independence of Mexico. The Angel is 23 ft high and made out of gold plated bronze. The base is made of Italian marble and granite. The total hieght is 148 ft tall.
See 'el Angel', 'the Angel' (common name, official name is 'Columna de la Independencia', 'Independence Column')
This famous, golden angel is atop a 30 meter tall column. It is a national monument built in 1910, during our centennial independence celebration. Inside its base are buried our independence heroes: Hidalgo, Morelos and others (free tours).
El Angel - Monumento a la Independencia
A Corinthian style column 36 meters (118 feet) high, topped by a gold-covered angel is perhaps one of the Mexico City's most beautiful monuments, built to celebrate the Centennial of Mexico's War of Independence (1810).
The first stone was laid in 1902, Antonio Rivas Mercado directed the architectural project while Italian artist Enrique Alciatti imported the marble from Italy and directed the bronze smelting of the monument's angel (the Winged Victory). 16 of September of 1910, El Angel appeared for the first time in public.
Perhaps designer's daughter, Antonieta Rivas-Mercado, was the model for the Angel's face... who knows?
During the earthquake in 1957, came down, like many buildings. The artist Fernandez Urbina, tooks one year in restoration works and covered it with gold.
El Angel has refused to sink although the city is doing it, seems that always he wants to be in highest!
The statue, from commemorative monument, particularly the angel, has even come to symbolize the great city.
Today is also the meeting point for political and social demonstrations and other kind of celebrations.
At the base of the column are statues of the heroes who took part in Mexico's battle for independence from Spain.
Below that, four sculptures represent War, Peace, Justice, and Law.
Beneath the pedestal lie the remains of the principal heroes of the independence movement.
An eternal flame burns in their honor...
This beautiful monument commemorates the centennial of Mexico's War of Independence, which over the course of time has become a symbol of the city itself. A golden statue of Winged Victory, affectionately referred to as El Ángel, crowns a tall Corinthian column sculpted by Antonio Rivas Mercado and erected in 1910. Beneath its pedestal lie the skulls of some of the main protagonists of the Mexican independence movement, honored by an undying votive flame. Four figures sculpted in Carrara marble sit at the four corners of the base of the column representing peace, war, law and justice. A lion stands among them, crowned with laurels. The statues of war heroes stand at the base of the column.
This is one of the most famous landmarks. This is a monument to independence, and is located on La Reforma.