Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jeff's visit: El Zócalo

We spent a day in the Zócalo. We saw...

Nuestros Silencios:
We saw the the installation "Our Silences," made by Mexican sculptor Rivelino. There are 10 sculptures with metal plates covering their mouths as well as a "tactile box" with smaller versions of the sculptures inside. According to the website, the installation is "an invitation to reflect on silence" and "about freedom of expression." The installation visited -- always in public places-- Russia (Saint Petersburg and Moscow), Holland, France, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal before coming to Mexico City.

For more info, visit http://nuestrossilencios.com

Palacio Nacional:
We also toured the National Palace (Palacio Nacional). The exhibit celebrating Mexico's history that was opened for the bicentennial is now closed, but we still got to see various murals, the Hall of Presidentes (with the Presidential portraits) and various rooms, such as the President's office, the library, the dining room, etc. 
Mural by Diego Rivera in the National Palace

mural by Diego Rivera in the National Palace

mural by Diego Rivera in the National Palace

Templo Mayor: 
This was the center of the Aztecs' Tenochtitlan. According to tradition, this is where the god Huitzilopochtli gave the Mexica people his sign that they had reached the promised land -- an eagle on top of a cactus with a snake in its mouth. It was built sometime around 1325, but was expanded six times, alway built on top of the previous construction. What we saw is located just behind the Cathedral -- though the Cathedral is built overtop parts of it. 

(For more photos of Templo Mayor from my parents' visit, click here

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