Paseo de la Reforma is a 7.5-mile boulevard in the center of Mexico City. The straight line of the boulevard cuts directly through the city on a diagonal. Designed in the 1860s, the layout was inspired by the great boulevards in Europe, especially the design of roads such as the Champs Elysees in Paris. Several monuments in Mexico City are located along the boulevard, including the Angel of Independence statue. Another significant attraction is Torre Mayor, the largest skyscraper in the country. The boulevard continues past this skyscraper and through Zona Rosa to reach the Zocalo, or main square, of the Centro Historico.
One of the most popular tourist attractions along the Paseo de la Reforma is the Angel of Independence. This tall column has a gilded angel on top, and marble statues at the base of the monument depict the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence. This monument is one of the best known symbols in all of Mexico City, and it takes on an even deeper meaning when visitors learn that the base of the Angel of Independence also contains the tombs of several of the key figures in the War for Independence, which lasted from 1810 until 1821.
Another popular artistic symbol in Mexico City is the Monument to the Revolution. An enormous dome supported by four arches, this monument is the final resting place of several members of the Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910 and lasted until about 1920. Construction was begun by President Porfirio Diaz, originally with the intention of becoming part of a new parliament building. However, this plan was interrupted by the start of the revolution, and with the overthrow of Diaz, perhaps ironically, this monument became representative of the movement that removed him from power. Throughout your visit to Mexico City, you will encounter these types of historically significant monuments.
If you’re interested in more recent history and modern technology, the Torre Mayor will fascinate you. This impressive skyscraper is also known for being earthquake-proof, and already has faced the challenge of a quake that measured above 7 on the Richter scale. A culmination of design, planning, and technology, the Torre Mayor is an interesting element of the Mexico City skyline. Extending to 55 stories, this building is the tallest in Latin America. It’s located at #505 Paseo de la Reforma, and many visitors take the time to see this attraction.
While the boulevard was originally designed to be a residential area, this has slowly changed over time. Today, office blocks and modern buildings have replaced many of the opulent homes that were built during the time of Diaz to satisfy the housing needs of the elite. Attractions along the boulevard today include the embassies of the United States, Colombia, and the European Union, along with the National Museum of Anthropology, the Modern Art Museum, and the Chapultepec Zoo. Luxurious restaurants and hotels can also be found along the boulevard. A central artery of Mexico City, no trip to the capital would be complete without a stroll up this famous road.