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Plaza de las Tres Culturas

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Plaza of the Three Cultures: Located at Lazaro Cardeuas Y Manuel Gonzales Streets. (Three Cultures Square).

Lázaro Cárdenas Av. at Eje 1 Norte Av., next to Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Department of Foreign Affairs). Not far from Plaza Garibaldi.

The Plaza of the Three Cultures, known as the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Spanish, symbolizes Mexico’s unique cultural heritage. Once the center of some of the most powerful Native American empires (Aztec), Mexico became a flourishing Spanish colony in the 16th century. Today, most Mexicans are mestizos, or persons with mixed European and Native American ancestry representing a third culture, thus the name of the area represents a mixture of all three cultures.

The Plaza of 3 Cultures is located at the ancient city Aztec city of Tlatelolco where you can see the ruins of You can also see the Colonial Cathedral of Santiago which dates back to 1524 (although it was rebuilt in 1609), inside there is the baptismal fountain of Juan Diego, the indian to whom, according to tradition, the Virgen de Guadalupe de Guadalupe appeared in 1531. Also nearby there are many apartment buildings, and government buildings.

The structures which represent the Three Cultures are therefore the ancient Aztec city of Tlatelolco, the Colonial Cathedral of Santiago, and the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Department of Foreign Affairs) building. These three structures can all be seen together at the same location. Of course, the modern city of Mexico City surrounds the entire area.

The plaza is also important as being the site of three terrible events in Mexican history. It was at Tlatelolco that on August 13, 1521 the Aztecs made their final stand against the Spanish army led by Hernan Cortes. It is said that 40,000 Aztecs died in the desperate struggle and their bodies clogged the local canals for days afterward. The battle is memorialized in the plaza by a plaque which reads in part, "Neither a victory nor a defeat, but the painful moment of birth of the Mexico of today, of a race of Mestizos". With that day came the end of the pre-Columbian era in Mexican history.

The second tragedy occurred on 2 October 1968 when Mexican soldiers, equipped with tanks and machine guns, fired into a crowd of 14,000 unarmed students who were staging a protest against spending on the 1968 Summer Olympics being held in Mexico City. A huge monument at the site lists the names and ages of some of the students who fell that day.

The plaza was the site of more death on September 19, 1985 when an early morning earthquake caused a modern building adjacent to the plaza to collapse. For days thereafter tents were erected on the plaza as temporary shelter for some of those left homeless by the quake. The earthquake, which affected Mexico City, left at least 8,000 dead.

The part of the ancient city Aztec city of Tlatelolco that is excavated is only a small part of Tlatelolco. Much of the ancient city is under the modern buildings that surround the plaza.

The Mexico City International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México or AICM), also called Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA: MEX, ICAO: MMMX) is the major commercial airport that serves Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. It is also Mexico's and Latin America's busiest airport!


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Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
The Plaza of the Three Cultures or
Plaza de las Tres Culturas of Mexico City
Looking from Tlatelolco
To The NNE Toward The Cathedral of Santiago
Modern Day Apartments In Background

Cathedral of Santiago. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
The Plaza of the Three Cultures or
Plaza de las Tres Culturas of Mexico City
Looking from Tlatelolco
To The SE Toward The Cathedral of Santiago

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
The Plaza of the Three Cultures or
Plaza de las Tres Culturas of Mexico City
The Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
(Department of Foreign Affairs) Building

Site Map. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
The Plaza of the Three Cultures or
Plaza de las Tres Culturas of Mexico City Site Map

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Department of Foreign Affairs. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Department of Foreign Affairs. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
(Department of Foreign Affairs)
Building South Side Of The Plaza
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
(Department of Foreign Affairs)
Building South Side Of The Plaza
North East Plaza. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.East Plaza. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
North East Plaza ViewEast Plaza View
Templo Mayor Etapa II. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Templo Mayor Etapa II. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
SE Corner
"Templo Mayor Etapa II"
East Side
"Templo Mayor Etapa II"
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South Side
"Templo Mayor Etapa II"
West Side
"Templo Mayor Etapa II"
Etapa Constructivas del Templo Mayo. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Etapa Constructivas del Templo Mayo. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Etapa Constructivas
del Templo Mayor
Etapa Constructivas
del Templo Mayo
Etapa Constructivas del Templo Mayo. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Etapa Constructivas del Templo Mayo. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Etapa Constructivas
del Templo Mayor
Etapa Constructivas
del Templo Mayor
Cathedral Santiago. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Altar Tzompantli. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
East Plaza View,
Cathedral Of Santiago
Altar Tzompantli del Norte
Ehecatl. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Quetzalcoatl. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Temple Of
Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl
Round Shape
Temple Of
Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl
Round Shape
Gran Basamento. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Grand Platform. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
El Gran BasamentoThe Grand Platform
Templo de las Pinturas. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Templo Calendarico. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Templo de las PinturasTemplo Calendarico
Templo Calendarico. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Templo Calendarico. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Templo Calendarico,
With 52 Panels
The Panels Add
Templo Calendarico. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Templo Calendarico. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Up To The YearsIn The Mexica Calendar
Templo Calendarico Panels. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Templo Calendarico Panels. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Templo Calendarico PanelsTemplo Calendarico Panels
Templo Calendarico Panels. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Templo Calendarico Panels. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Templo Calendarico PanelsTemplo Calendarico Panels
Stone Box Lid. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Stone Box. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
Stone Storage Box
And Lid
Stone Storage Box
Found At NE Corner
Templo Mayor Etapa II
The Lovers Of Tlatelolco. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.Tlatelolco. Plaza of the Three Cultures or Plaza de las Tres Culturas of  Mexico City Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images,& Reviews.
"The Lovers Of Tlatelolco"
47 Skeletons
Were Found Here
Tlatelolco Excavated Area

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