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San Pedro de los Pinos
Zones of Mexico City

San Pedro de los Pinos is a neighbourhood located in the central-western side of Mexico City between the Periférico Beltway, Río Becerra Viaduct and Eje 5 Sur avenue.

Its origin dates back to the late 19th Century when it was one of the first housing blocks that were built as an extension of the villages of Tacubaya and Mixcoac. The block was traced as a grid, it had two parks and its streets had three lanes. Throughout the 20th Century this area established itself as a middle-class neighbourhood, made up almost entirely of one-story houses up until recently, when they began the construction of a few medium-hight buildings.

San Pedro de los Pinos is a quiet neighbourhood and has a very traditional flavour to it, with its narrow streets and little shops lining the squares. Pombo Park is located right in the centre of the neighbourhood, around it there's a market (famous for its seafood) and the church, an elegant early 20th Century building, with a cantera stone faҫade and a cupola. One can go for a relaxing walk through this neighbourhood's streets, enjoying buildings of different architectural styles and periods, ranging from eclectic to contemporary and even some interesting examples of 50's architecture. Another important feature is the Miraflores Park, which is equipped with a kids' playground and is full of large ash trees.

Another interesting place to visit in San Pedro de los Pinos is the 'La Pirámide' Cultural Centre, located on the corner of San Antonio and Periférico; in which several different activities take place, including some regarding artistic expression and environmental education. This Cultural Centre is autonomous and is one of the most succesful in Mexico City. Next to it stands a pyramidal plynth: the oldest construction in the Benito Juárez delegation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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