Benito Juarez Monument, Mexico City
The most impressive architectural feature of Alameda Park in Mexico City is the monument dedicated to Benito Juarez, the liberal president and social reformer who ruled Mexico in the 1860/70s and defended the republic sucessfully against Emperor Maximilian and the French invasion forces.
The Monument to Benito Juarez (Hemiciclo a Juárez) situated on the south side of the Alameda Central Park in downtown. It is facing toward the street and looks like a large white semi-circular monument to Benito Juárez, who is one of Mexico's most beloved presidents. He resisted the French occupation, overthrew the Empire, restored the Republic, and used liberal efforts to modernize the country.
We have been told that the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was named after Juárez.
The Alameda Central Park is a green garden with paved paths and decorative fountains and statues, and is frequently the center of civic events.
Directions: You can watch my photo of Mexico City on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 19° 25' 55.25" N 99° 7' 53.69" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Monument to Benito Juarez .
The monument on this photo is to honer former president of Mexico Benito Juarez.
He served 5 terms as president from 1858 to 1872 and was the first full blooded native indian to become president of Mexico (he was a zapotec indian).
Benito Juarez is mainly remembers for fighting the equal rights of the indigenous people of Mexico aswell as reforming Mexico in to a more democratic country with more power for the people and less for the church.
He was also credited with reforming the educational system so that more poor people got shcool acces.
He is generally seen as one of Mexicos biggest presidents and therefor they have build this big monument for him in Mexico City.
Directions: It is located right next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in the center of Mexico City.