Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Mexico City
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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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  • Been there a few times, very interesting looking at the various buildings. Easy to get to either Metro or included in a tour. 
  • History aat its best! Hire a guide to tell you the history! Love the architecture. Many Indians come down from the mountains selling their beautiful hand made items. We loved it! 
  • La Plaza de las Tres Culturas or Plaza of Tlatelolco is in the historic center of Mexico City. It has this name because for three different buildings gathering historic moments: the pre-Columbian era, and of contemporary Mexico Viceregal. The pre-Columbian step is represented by the support structures of the Temple of Tlatelolco. The Viceroyalty is represented by the set of Franciscan convent (1537) and the Temple of Santiago (1609). To the South of the square is the modern tower of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, which exemplifies the third of the main historical phases of Mexico. The square was also the scene of student demonstrations. The most famous was known as el Massacre of Tlatelolco. Until today, no one knows for sure the true death toll: some sources point to more than 1000. A lot of people got hurt and were made thousands of arrests. There is a monument in the square in memory of the students.
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  • Lugar muy historico
  • very cool site showing 3 mexican eras. the pre-columbian, the conquest, and the modern era. definitely travel with a guide who will explain the history behind what you'll see.
  • you should visit this place. it is a sad part in our history, but you can see a landmark full with history.
  • This is the birthplace of TOPOS Azteca!!! There is no place like this on earth.
  • Great site