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Paseo de la Reforma Avenue is without a doubt one of the most emblematic avenues of the city. With its recently remodeled landscaping, urban works, new pavement and illumination, it presents New Mexico City.
You can watch my 4 min 02 sec HD Video Mexico City around by bus part 2 out of my Youtube channel.
Directions: You can watch my photo of Mexico City on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 19° 26' 7.41" N 99° 9' 3.10" W or Paseo de la Reforma (out of Melia Reforma Hotel window) .
The Paseo de la Reforma is Mexico City's grandest avenue and it was obviously modelled after the grand boulevards of Europe. Along the street, you'll find stately buildings, palaces and monuments. After visiting a museum one morning I attempted to walk all the way back from Chapultepec Park to the historic center along Reforma, but I didn't quite make it the whole way. It's a long street! Click on the picture to see some of the monuments along the way.
Once only lined with mansions and palaces, the Paseo de la Reforma is now the center of modern Mexico City with skyscrapers replacing old mansions. The avenue is one of the main streets in Mexico City and runs from Castillo de Chapultepec straight towards Centro Histórico.
Paseo the Reforma was originally called "The Emperess' Avenue" It was built on the orders of Emperor Maximilian I in the 1860s in honor of his consort Empress Carlota of Mexico. It was modeled after the great boulevards of Europe, such as the Champs-Élysées in Paris and it was designed to link Chapultepec Castle with the National Palace in the city center.
One of the most famous monuments of the Paseo de la Reforma is "El Ángel de la Independencia" statue of a Winged Victory, it resemblance an angel) on its top and many marble statues on its base depicting the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence, built to commemorate the centennial of Mexico's independence in 1910.
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'Reforma' refers to the 'Guerra de la Reforma' (1858 to 1861), which was the crisis of a long struggle between liberals and conservatives. Militarily defeated, conservatives favored French inversion (1862) and the imposing of Maximilian von Habsburg and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, who allocated the Castillo de Chapultepec as their permanent residence in 1864.
Engineer Ramon Agea based on an old rural road between Chapultepec and Mexico City to design, according to a project by Austrian engineer Bolland, an imperial avenue like Champs Elysees in Paris to communicate Chapultepec with the city center.
After the restoration of the Republic (1867) it was named 'Paseo de la Reforma' and its transformation began, taking shape during Profirio Diaz' dictatorship (1867 to 1911). From 1894 and until 1902, on the suggestion of historian Francisco Sosa, statues of 36 national heroes - most of them linked to the reform movement - were erected along the avenue. Jesus F. Contreras built 20 of them, the other 36 were sculptured by different artists, such as Ernesto Schelske, Federico Homdedeu, Primitivo Miranda, Epitacio Calvo, Juan Islas, Enrique Alciati, Gabriel Guerra and Melesio Aguirre.
From 2001 to 2004 the Gobierno del Distrito Federal undertook the Paseo a full-scale rehabilitation.
Paseo de la Reforma.
During the mid-19th Century, Mexico City experienced painful encounters with the imperialism conduct of the United States of America and Eurpean countries, suffering invasions by North American and French imperialist forces.
During the latter intervention, a new urban model was proposed by the administration of Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg (Habsburg, Austria): the construction of an avenue which would communicate Mexico City, starting from the Bucareli roundabout, with his new residence: Chapultepec Castle.
Laid out diagonally and originally named 'Avenida del Emperador' (Emperor's Avenue), it was conceived as an ample, 12 kilometer (9 miles) long boulevard.
Short time later the Emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg (and friends) was executed by orders of the President Benito Juárez, and the name of the avenue was changed to the more republican designation of 'Paseo de la Reforma' (Reforma Boulevard), then it taken an aristocratic caracter by the city's high society.
When you walk along this boulevard, you will see monuments honoring important moments in Mexico's history were erected during 'Porfiriato' (President Porfirio Díaz rule): the monument to Christopher Columbus in 1876, statues of the Republic's heroes, the interesting monument to Cuauhtémoc (Aztec Emperor) in 1887, the Independence Monument, which was added in 1910, and finally the Diana the Huntress Fountain.
So, along its central extension stand fine examples of architecture , ancient residential areas now transformed into fashionable venues, banks, offices, embassies, luxury hotels, exclusive art galleries and spectacular monuments.
It is nice urban tour in the city, specially improved-developed for tourists by the actual city administration.
Reforma extends even further being, as it is, one of the longest avenues in the city, full of social contrasts.
Directions: To the northeast it leads to Tlatelolco and La Villa zone, while to the southwest it crosses Chapultepec-Polanco zone, to eventually climb into Las Lomas, and other luxury neighborhoods.
Finally leads into Santa Fe Neighbourhood and Cuajimalpa District.
view from chapultepec palace.
at the bottom.inependance monument,el angel.
the paseo,one of the more magnificent avenue in the world.
15km long,built by emperator maximilien to connect his residence to the city...
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The Paseo de la Reforma is a long boulevard that connects the city centre with Chapultepec Parc.
It is dotted with interesting modern architecture, for example the "Caballito" sculpture, the stock exchange, and a score of hotels, as well as fountains and monuments dedicated to famous Mexicans, all along the road. The most memorable landmarks are the statue of Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc, the Independence Monument and the fountain of goddess Diana the Huntress ("Diana Cazadora").
Directions: Metro Hidalgo or Metro Chapultepec
The most modern street in the City, as seen from Chapultepec.
The white columns in the front are a monument to the heroes of war with US in 1845.
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