Tuesday, October 21, 2014

historic centre nights

Living in the historic centre has a number of disadvantages, for sure, and I won't get into that here. But there's plenty of amazing advantages, like being able to take night walks by some of the country's most important sights!  

We did this one here one rainy night.   And the first thing we passed by is the Hemiciclo a Benito Juárez (the photo on top), a monument in honour of former president Benito Juárez and to commemorate the first centenary of Mexico's independence.  Now, I'm not a history buff.  History is probably one of the subjects I have the most problems with, besides advanced math.  But this was no ordinary historic figure - thanks to him, a Mexican of native Zapotec origin, Mexico is the secular society it is today. And as faulty or traditional Mexican society may seem, were it not for the solid liberal anti-conservative anti-clerical pro-indigenous push of Benito Juárez this country would probably be far, far behind where it is today.  Hats off, Benito, hats unabashedly and indisputably off.   
Our next stop was the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Beaux Arts).  Built at two different moments in the first part of the 20th century - you know, revolutions tend to be somewhat disruptive at times - it has a very interesting combination of Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Art Déco styles, and boasts murals by Rivera and Siqueiros, as well as a curtain made of a million Tiffany's glass pieces. Plus, the roof has been thoroughly cleaned, the building was lit pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, parts of it reflected on the pools left by the rain... a beautiful sight, don't you think? 

I can only feel really privileged to be able to enjoy Mexico City this way.   

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