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Plaza Hidalgo, Coyoacán

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Photo: Carmalvi on Wikimedia Commons

 

The Plaza Hidalgo is the other grand plaza in the Coyoacán center. It’s caddy-corner from the Jardín Centenario, and the two plazas together make up what residents consider the central parks of the neighborhood. This plaza serves as the entrance garden for the Coyoacán administrative buildings to the immediate north. Sometimes called the House of Cortés, these buildings are important historical sites, too.

The Kiosk was donated in 1900 by the President of Mexico Porfirio Díaz to mark the centennial of the independence movement. The kiosk is not for its 16 stained-glass windows and the republican eagle in bronze. It’s a popular meeting place. The shouting figure of Miguel Hidalgo (pictured), is by sculptor Luis Arias and was place in 1980. The square is also known for a three-figure wooden sculpture, La Familia,  by Antonio Álvarez Portugal y Josué.

The Plaza Hidalgo often hosts events related to the life and culture of the area. These can include Day of the Dead celebrations, the traditional tamale fair, and the September 15 Cry for Independence.

Of course, the plaza is convenient to most of the Center of Coyoacán. Nearby are the church and former monastery of San Juan Bautista. The Frida Kahlo Park, and the beloved Conchita church are just a few block away. Click here for everything in the Centro de Coyoacán.

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