The Angel of Independence, most commonly known by the shortened name El Ángel and officially known as Monumento a la Independencia ("Monument to Independence"), is a victory column on a roundabout on the major thoroughfare of Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City.
El Ángel was built in 1910 during the presidency of Porfirio Díaz by architect Antonio Rivas Mercado, to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico's War of Independence. In later years it was made into a mausoleum for the most important heroes of that war. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Mexico City, and it has become a focal point for both celebration and protest. It resembles the July Column in Paris, the Berlin Victory Column in Berlin and Columbus Monument in New York City.
Pritesh Bothra | Apr 8, 2018
Angel of Independence is the iconic structure in Mexico city and one of the most beautiful place. The whole boulevard and stretch has beautiful buildings, clean footpaths and quite a hustle bustle around. You can spend hours here watching people. On a weekend almost every minute there is a limousine landing here to celebrate quinceañera where girls turning 15 dressed in beautiful gowns come here with family and friends to celebrate and have photo sessions. As a foreigner you will find it quite fascinating. Beautiful tradition followed at a beautiful iconic monument.
CJuradojr | Feb 23, 2018
this monument in the Reforma neighborhood is another must see in Mexico City - it is located on one of the main thoroughfares and connect to other monuments on it's route - the Angel is considered on the the most important - in honor of Mexico independence from Spain. The monument is visitor friendly and safe to spend time visiting - the tricky part is getting from the sidewalk to the monument as there are no set crossings and you will have e to wait for the break in traffic to make your move. Photo ops galore and a beautiful memory to capture for sure.
Rajat Basavaraj | Apr 15, 2018
Lovely tourist attraction surrounded by lots of restaurants, parks, clubs, hotels, public places, outdoor food stalls, souvinir shops etc. Good place to spend time with friends or just gaze at the traffic! Evening time is the best as everything is lit up and looks fabulous! Less crowded too!
Syed Kashif Zahid | Apr 15, 2018
Historical monument right in the middle of Mexico City. A lovely place to sit and relax. On weekends, a lot of activity around it like bike riding, walking, and running around with family. A lot of families were out here on a crisp Sunday in April.
Elvis Mendez | Apr 5, 2018
Very nice area to visit a piece of Mexico's history. Just be careful there is a lot of traffic. It is located inside of a roundabout so getting a calls maybe a little hectic sometimes. There are a lot of tourist locals sitting at the base.
Chris Columbus | Jun 13, 2018
Saturday night and the streets around the Angel of Independance where blocked off to traffic. This was to let the people move around the site on foot or bikes. A Dance company showed up and rocked the streets with dance move and music that just made everyone want to join in. So many people on the streets. So many happy faces. Colourfull lighting lite up the tower and surrounding area. I stayed for hours soaking up the great vibes being given off. Way to go Mexico. Your an inspiration to the rest of the world on how happy people live and share.
Balasubramanian T V | May 28, 2018
A wonderful monument. Located in the heart of the Mexico city. It's prominence can be proven by visiting this place. During weekend it attracts many locals as well as tourists. It's crowded during weekend and holiday times. Even during the week days it mainly attracts tourist crowd. This is one of the tourist attractions in Mexico city. A must visit place. All important establishments are located in the near visinity.
Chris McLaren | May 20, 2018
Only walked through the area on a Sunday. Roads were closed to traffic to allow cyclist and runners to enjoy the street. Took these videos of people doing a dance class. The atmosphere was amazing. Lots of dog walkers as well as the cyclists
Alberto Gutiérrez | May 17, 2018
Just one the of the better to go lose yourself, you get to see an awesome view of the Castillo de Chapultepec and also one of the nicest sunsets. If you get some permission you can go on top and see the city from there, next to the winged victory. Some of the independence heroes lay there.
Antonio Cervantes | Jun 21, 2018
I went to the Angel de la Independencia right after the Mexican soccer team won 1 to 0 to Germany in the 2018 Russia Soccer world cup. It was crazy happy. People were just so happy the national team won. People stayed there all afternoon and evening chanting and running around the monument. There were many people drinking. This usually happens when the soccer team wins. You should go to experience the good vibe 👍
Liv I Kujanpaa | Jul 19, 2018
I was born and raised in Mexico City, the Angel of Independence has always been a landmark and in the past years it has become president popular to take pictures and just sit there while enjoying the architecture in Reforma Avenue. There are lots of restaurants and coffe shops around which makes it easy to just stop by and enjoy your time. One important thing to say is that there is no nearby free parking spots so most likely you will have to walk to get there.
Steven Linder | Jul 16, 2018
Beautiful Monument. Enjoyed riding past it On A Bike Share bike on Sunday morning when the street was closed. I highly recommend taking advantage of the bikeshare on Sunday mornings.
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