El Ángel, Monumento a la Independancia, Mexico City, Mexico
Known as El Ángel (the Angel), el Monumento a la Independencia (the Monument of Independence) is located on a roundabout over Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City. This column with a golden angel on top of it has been completed in 1910 to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence, celebrated in 1810. The mausoleum at the base of the monument welcomes the remains some of the Heroes of the Mexican Independence.
The monument suffered some damage during an earthquake in 1957 when the sculpture of the Winged Victory fell to the ground and broke into several pieces. The monument was again damaged during the devastating earthquake of 1985, but only the staircase was touched.
This victory monument is a must-see attraction for tourists but also for Mexicans who can freely cycle on Sundays on the Paseo de la Reforma. Due to its meaning and its central location, El Ángel is the traditional gathering place for celebration amongst Mexico City inhabitants, to start or end political rallies and to celebrate a new kind of victory… soccer ones !