Paseo de la Reforma

Mexico City, Mexico

Paseo de la Reforma

Paseo de la Reforma (translated as "Promenade of the Reform") is a wide avenue that runs diagonally across the heart of Mexico City. It was designed by Ferdinand von Rosenzweig in the 1860s and modeled after the great boulevards of Europe, such as the Ringstra脽e in Vienna and the Champs-脡lys茅es in Paris. After the French intervention in Mexico overthrew the constitutional President Benito Ju谩rez, the newly crowned Emperor Maximilian made his mark on the conquered city. He commissioned a grand avenue linking the city center with his imperial residence, Chapultepec Castle, which was then on the southwestern edge of town. The project was originally named Paseo de la Emperatriz ("Promenade of the Empress") in honor of Maximilian's consort Empress Carlota. After her return to Europe and Maximilian's subsequent execution, the restored Ju谩rez government renamed the Paseo in honor of the Reform War.

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