Number 10 of my 16 candidates is the Angel of Independence, located on Reforma Avenue…who hasn’t seen this monument when they’ve visited Mexico City?? You can go up inside the column to a little balcony under the Angel itself – but everytime I go it’s closed! Damn them! The base contains the remains of some of Mexico’s most illustrious heroes.
El Ángel de la Independencia (The Angel of Independence), most commonly known by the shortened name El Ángel and officially known as Columna de la Independencia, is a victory column located on a roundabout over Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City. El Ángel was built to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence, celebrated in 1910. 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 or protest. It bears a resemblance to the Victory Column in Berlin.