fbaezer
 
Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:19 pm
I decided I want to show, or to show-off, Mexico City, my birthplace and city of residence. On this thread I will post pictures of different zones of the city, with an explanation, perhaps.
I hope you all enjoy it.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:22 pm
I'll start with the heart of the city and the country.
Zócalo, or Plaza de la Constitución. Mexico City's main square:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m8-7RB_4lnc/T99qmcM2o5I/AAAAAAAAAxc/Amg6bNP10ns/s1600/zocalo_wireless.jpg

I honestly don't know what's that grey bus doing in the middle of the plaza.
fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:24 pm
Here we see thousands of naked people in the Zocalo, for a Tunick photo session. Bulks of clothing on the side.

http://multimedia.hola.com/noticias-de-actualidad/2007/05/07/zocalo-mexico.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:27 pm
@fbaezer,
Absolutely, glad you are doing this.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:28 pm
@fbaezer,
I remember photos of that..
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:29 pm
Of course, the square wasn't always like this.
This is how it looked like in 1855.

http://www.mexicomaxico.org/zocalo/images/PalacioDF/PalacioSigloXIXLito2A.jpg
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:32 pm
Thanks for the thread.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:33 pm
Zócalo in 1867, celebration of the victory of Juárez over the conservatives and the French.

http://www.mexicomaxico.org/zocalo/images/Zocalo1867a.jpg
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RST
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:34 pm
@fbaezer,
Let's blow up the picture shall we. I want to see the naked people more up close.

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/tunick073112/s_t11_74085868.jpg
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:36 pm
On one side of the Zocalo, lies the Metropolitan Cathedral, with a mix of architectonic styles.

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/2328/00hi7.jpg

On the low side of the picture you can see a group of "concheros" and their makeshift "cleansing sessions".
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:39 pm
@fbaezer,
hooray! I love travelogues. When I was a kid, the hamburgers used to always take me along to travelogue shows.

Tell lots of stories as we go!
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:41 pm
I'm not a fan of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City, but the Kings' Altar, churrigueresco style is quite reknown.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Altar_Reyes_Catedral_Metropolitana.JPG
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:44 pm
To the left of the Cathedral, we have Palacio Nacional, which used to be the housing of the President (until 1934) and the center of national power. It stands over Moctezuma's palace.

http://www.arribatours.com.mx/imagenes/mexico_02.jpg
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:46 pm
Inside Palacio Nacional, of course, we get to see the murals of Diego Rivera depicting the history of Mexico:

http://www.mon-photo.com/North_America/mexico/_1/images/d_f_8_jpg.jpg
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:47 pm
Another wall of the mural:

http://bp0.blogger.com/_g-jRVLhnp3Y/SBdaO4BkHVI/AAAAAAAAADI/eNyYSBLPSrQ/s320/007-Mexico-PalacioNacional-FresquesDiegoRivera.jpg
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:48 pm
Yet another view.
The idea was that you needed not to know how to read to have a schematic understanding of Mexican history:

http://www.mon-photo.com/North_America/mexico/_1/images/d_f_9_jpg.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 06:54 pm
insert link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churrigueresque
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 07:00 pm
Here we have a perspective of the size of the main mural.

http://www.bugbog.com/images/galleries/mexico-pictures-b/mexico-city-murals.jpg
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 07:03 pm
One of the patios in Palacio Nacional:

http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/49821251.jpg

The last President who actually worked in the National Palace was Gustavo Díaz Ordaz (1964-70), called "The Big Loner of Palacio".
Several federal government offices still work here.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 27 Nov, 2012 07:04 pm
@fbaezer,
Want to hear more about him later, not from wiki.
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