Calzada de los Misterios

Once upon a time, most of Mexico City, as we know it today, was underwater. A large lake surrounded an island housing the Aztec city called Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs needed to provide decent access from their island to the rest of the valley of Mexico, and made a dam/road across the lake. Today I took a stroll down that road. Well, its current incarnation, anyway. I found out about the Avenue of the Mysteries from a Facebook group, so I thought I’d wander the 4.2 kilometres from Paseo de la Reforma up to the Basilica de Guadalupe and grab some photos.

Grab photos of the ‘mysteries’ in particular. These are monuments, many of which have since been remodelled or rebuilt, which were crafted by the Spanish when repairing the road after floods. I have to be honest, I was hoping for more. They are all rather similar to each other. I took my walk at the wrong time of day too…you really need the sun to be behind you for a good photo. And the road itself is otherwise just an ordinary, traffic choked, polluted and noisy Mexico City road. But I did get some photos. Only a handful of the forty or fifty shots I took passed the Quality Test, sadly.  Click here to go see them on Flickr.


5 thoughts on “Calzada de los Misterios

  1. “Mystery” has a specific meaning in traditional Roman Catholicism — a series of contemplations as one is saying the Rosary. The Calzada de los Misterios is the traditional route back into the City after making the pilgrimage to the Basilica (via Calz. Guadalupe). I always think the greatest mystery (or maybe miracle) is that there are very few deaths or serious injuries during the pilgrimage season.


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