MEXICO

In July 2008 Sakorn and I travelled to Mexico where Sakorn presented a paper at the ICME 11 conference in Monterrey.  We flew into Mexico City on July 1st and explored the city, with a day trip to Teohicuacan, until July 6th when we took an overnight bus to Monterrey.  In Monterrey, Sakorn attended the conference while I spent most of my time wandering around the city. We both went on a day trip to the small town of Garcia where we toured the caves known as Grutas de Garcia.

Mexico City is huge, with a population of 20 million. This page shows some of our photos of of the city.

Zocalo

In the centre of the old part of the city is a large open square called the Zocalo.


Metropolitan Cathedral

On the north side of the Zocalo is the Catedral Metropolitana which was commenced in 1573 and completed in 1813.



Tenochtitlan model

To the right of the cathedral is a model showing the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan as it was when the Spanish arrived in 1519. Much of the central historical area of Mexico City is built over the ancient city.



Large stone tablet

In 1978, some electricity workers discovered an 8 ton stone disc carving depicting the Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui.



Excavation 1

As a result of this discovery the local authorities decided to demolish some colonial era buildings and excavate the area to reveal the ancient buildings lying below.



excavation 2

While the Spaniards destroyed much of the ancient city, the Templo Mayor, as it is now known, reveals a glimpse of what was there when they arrived.



excavation3

The temple was begun in 1325 and underwent several stages of enlargement.



carved figure

A carved figure known as a chacmool in the Templo Mayor



ceramic

The Templo Mayor museum houses a rich collection of artifacts discovered during the excavation of this site as well as other material gathered from various parts of Mexico. Pieces of pottery, such as the one shown above, indicate advanced artistic and technological skills in ceramics.



Aztec

Descendents of the Aztecs put on a dancing show near the Zocalo at weekends.



Train

The city has an extended underground and surface railway system. An interesting feature was the rubber tyres on the train wheels. The system was convenient to use and very cheap.



Turibus

Another way to get around is the Turibus. The bus provides a tour covering a circuit of all of the main areas of the city and the ticket is good for 48 hours. Passengers can get on and off the bus as they please.



Building1

While there are many very old buildings in Mexico City there are also striking examples of modern architecture. This is one that we passed on the tour bus.



More modern buildings

More modern buildings are found in the business area of the city.



palace of fine arts

Not so modern: the Palace of Fine Arts.



Tiled building

An older building decorated with ceramic tiles.



Arch

The Arch of the Revolution



seat

A novel seat as seen from the tour bus.



The Don

Sakorn poses with the Don.



Wall garden

In England people are fond of walled gardens: here we have a gardened wall.



market

Fruit and vegetables are on display at a local street market.



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