Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Mexico City

Categories: Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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The Plaza de las Tres Culturas is the main square within the Tlatelolco neighbourhood of Mexico City. The name "Three Cultures" is in recognition of the three periods of Mexican history reflected by buildings in the plaza: pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent "mestizo" nation. The plaza, designed by Mexican architect and urbanist Mario Pani, was completed in 1966.The square contains the remains of Aztec temples and is flanked by the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco and by a massive housing complex built in 1964.The former headquarters of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs also stands on the southern edge of the square. This headquarters now houses a memorial museum called "Memorial 68", opened by UNAM in October 2007, to remember the 1968 Mexican student demonstrations and the Tlatelolco Massacre victims and survivors. On the south side of the Plaza stands a large stone memorial erected on October 2, 1993, the 25th anniversary of the massacre, in memory of the hundreds killed.
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  • This place is loaded with tragic Mexican history, from the ancient site of Tlatelolco, the conquest of the Spanish represented by the Church of Santiago de Tlatelolco and the Mexican 50s-era housing c...  read more »
  • Tlatelolco is an archaeological site that has much history like ancient to contemporary periods. Pre-Columbian Fito, where the Tlatelolcas, ethnic group of military, commercial and cultural wealth, settled once caused the Aztec Empire, is established as symbol the Church of Santiago on the Tlatelolcas vestiges and late 50's starts the construction of the largest in the city, with large buildings and Towers downtown. On October 2, 1968, the Government carried out a massacre against the population, primarily students, claiming the disappearance of repressive laws, the church doors closed and gave shelter to thousands of people who required it. On September 19, 1985, a very strong earthquake generates heavy damage and the fall of the Nuevo León building, many dead, how many? Many Tlatelolco is still standing and is home to the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco at the UNAM
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  • Plaza de las Tres Cultures in the Tlatelotco section is a sobering reminder of history, and the site is free. In the center are Aztec ruins with a pyramid that predates Tenochtitlan by 200 years. To t...  read more »
  • This is the birthplace of TOPOS Azteca!!! There is no place like this on earth.
  • Worth to see when you are in Mexico City
  • Buen lugar para recorrer y visitar
  • It lost a start, because I remembered October 2th of 1968....
  • Tlatelolco means "mound of sand" and was the Center commercial more important of the Mexico pre-Hispanic; its name in nahuatl is interpreted as Tlatelli, "terrace" or Xaltilolli, which means "Sandy point".
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