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Monument to Alvaro Obregon
Attractions of Mexico City

Area: San Angel
Metrobús: La Bombilla

Located in an ample park on Insurgentes Avenue, which marks the entrance to the San Angel neighbourhood, the Monument to Alvaro Obregón is an urban landmark of Mexico City's south side.

The monument was erected in 1935 to commemorate the assasination of president Alvaro Obregón at the place where it happened. The assasination took place in the elegant restaurant “La Bombilla” which was located in the middle of the Chimalistac orchards which, at the time, belonged to the 'Convento del Carmen'. On July 17th 1928, the president was assasinated by Jose de León Toral who conspired with Mother Conchita as part of a plot of the Catholic church to prevent Obregón from returning to power and speeding up the process of separation between Church and State.

The monument consists of a large hollow tower which has an access stairway flanked by two big, stone sculptures made by the artist Ignacio Asúnsolo. Inside the monument there's a large room which once housed a grotesque object: the hand Obregón had lost in a previous battle. The 'relic' has been removed. It's possible to detect a strong influence of Art Deco in this monument, manifested in the building's structure as well as in the geometric nature of the sculptures. In front of the monument there's a great water mirror lined with cypresses and rosebushes which enhance the place and make it a pleasant area for people who work in the nearby office buildings to come for a walk.

Also, diverse crafts or novelty product markets take place frequently on the esplanade of the 'Bombilla Park'.  The monument is also visited by young skaters who take advantage of the building's base sloped structure to practice the sport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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