Monuments in Mexico City

Find out about some of the main monuments and statues in Mexico City...

Mexico City is home to a considerable number of monuments and statues, many of which commemorate significant moments in Mexico’s history and independence. A walking tour from Centro along Paseo de la Reforma and into Chapultepec Park allows visitors to take in some of the most important of these, including the iconic Monument to the Revolution, “El Angel”. Some of these monuments contain mausoleums that may be visited by the public.

La Columna a la Independencia – “El Ángel: This is one of the city’s most recognizable and iconic landmarks. Approximately 12 stories high, this monument to Mexico’s independence is topped with a gold-covered statue of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory). At the base of the monument is a mausoleum, open to the public, containing the remains of many Heroes of the Mexican Independence war. As part of a free guided tour, visitors are allowed to climb the tower to the top balcony; note that this is a physically challenging climb. El Angel is located in the traffic circle at Reforma and Florencia (Closest Metro: Sevilla). Tours are available Monday to Friday from 10:00-18:00 and Saturday to Sunday from 11:00-17:00. A permit must be obtained in advance from the Cuauhetémoc Delegation (website in Spanish), Tel: (55) 2452 3100.

Monumento a los Niños Héroes de Chapultepec: This monument, also known as the “Altar a la Patria,” commemorates the “Heroic Cadets” who died defending Chapultepec Castle in 1847 during the Mexican-American War.  The monument consists of six marble columns representing each of the Heroes; the base of the monument contains a mausoleum with their remains. Located at the eastern entrance to Chapultepec Park (Closest Metro: Chapultepec).

Monumento a la Revolución: Commemorating the Mexican Revolution, this monument is considered to be the largest triumphal arch in the world. At its base is a mausoleum, while a glass elevator allows access to the upper observation deck. (Closest Metro: Revolución).

  • Find out more about the Monumento a la Revolución from the official website, which includes information about admissions, ticketing, parking, tours, and accessibility.

Hemiciclo a Benito Juarez: Located in Alameda Park a few blocks from the Palacio de Bellas Artes, this monument commemorates Benito Juarez, the first full-blooded indigenous president of Mexico and defender of the nation against French invasion in 1862. The monument is a cenotaph – an empty tomb – and features Doric marble columns arranged in a semi-circle around a statue of Juarez. (Closest Metro: Bellas Artes, Hidalgo).