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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #4721
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Azteca Stadium


Mexico City's fabled Estadio Azteca has been the backdrop for some of history's most unforgettable FIFA World Cup ™ moments. Pele's last sparks of invention on the world stage, a final glimpse of the old Jules Rimet Cup and Maradona's famous goals against England in 1986 all took place on the lush grass of the vintage North American gem. Known simply as the Azteca, it is one of the beautiful game's truly great gathering places - and the only one to host two FIFA World Cup Final matches.

Teetering 7,200 feet above sea level, the stadium has earned a reputation for Mexico's national team as a fortress of results. In fact, Mexico only saw their FIFA World Cup ™ qualifying unbeaten streak in the stadium end in 2001 when they lost 2-1 to Costa Rica.

The bowl's signature roof traps and amplifies noise from the massive upper level, filling the air with high pitch shrieks and a deafening, cacophonous din to make the Mexico City landmark, and home to domestic giants Club America, one of the loudest stadiums anywhere. Add to that its more notorious conditions, namely altitude and smog, and you have the most inhospitable of venues for visiting teams.

Built in 1966 ahead of the Olympic Games in 1968 and 1970 FIFA World Cup, the cavernous, three-tiered bowl was designed to hold almost 115,000 fans. An over-the-top undertaking for the time, the Azteca is a vivid demonstration of Mexico's mad devotion to the people's game.

The full construction took nearly four years to complete. Architects Pedro Ramirez Vasquez and Rafael Mijares travelled the globe before breaking ground to catch glimpses of the finest football stadiums of the time. Trips to Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome, Florence, Paris, London, Moscow and Warsaw provided the duo with the inspiration they needed to design what many consider to be a faultless football stadium.

In addition to being an impregnable fortress for the Mexican national team, the Azteca has witnessed some of the most electrifying and immortal FIFA World Cup moments of the last 40 years. Pele said his goodbye to the international game with a peerless performance in the 1970 Final against Italy, inspiring what many call the greatest team of all time to a masterful 4-1 victory over an Italian side infamous for their cohesive defence.

The man many consider the greatest footballer in history scored a perfect low-and-hard header in the 18th minute from Rivelino's swerving cross. Leaving Albertosi with no chance, the celebration that followed involved Pele leaping into Jairzinho's arms and has since become one of the most recognisable snapshots in football history. After a 4-1 result, the Seleção, playing a languid, sultry brand of football never to be seen again, passed the Jules Rimet Cup around the brilliant Azteca grass for what would turn out to be the last time in 24 years.

Italy had a magic moment of their own en route to the ill-fated final. After finishing 90 minutes against West Germany even at one apiece, the semi-final's extra time period will go down in the annals of history as one of the most magnificent half hours of football ever played for a mass audience. A double from 'der Bomber' Gerd Muller and goals from Tarcisio Burgnich, Luigi Riva and Gianni Rivera saw a desperate attacking session fuelled by fatigue and the Azteca's extreme altitude.

Of all the moments of drama played out on the Azteca's manicured stage down through the years, Maradona's magic act of Mexico 86 stares down all comers. After surviving a massive earthquake one year earlier, the stadium barely withstood the earth-shattering orchestrations of El Diego.

Soon after the Azteca witnessed Manuel Negrete slam a scintillating side-bicycle against Bulgaria home to put El Tri in the quarter-finals, the towering ground got its first glimpse of Argentine genius Diego Armando Maradona at the quarter-final stage. When the Albiceleste locked horns with bitter old enemies England it was to prove a famous day in the folklore of the FIFA World Cup as both sides of the fractured star were on display for the shrieking Azteca to savour.

In the 51st minute, Maradona turned villain in the eyes of purists and moralists everywhere. Pouncing on the end of a horrid looping back pass from Steve Hodge, the diminutive genius rose to head over veteran goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Though the English captain and keeper was getting on in years, the possibility of him being out-leaped by the diminutive Maradona seemed unbelievable - and indeed it was. Replays proved what the England bench had suspected all along: Maradona had punched the ball into the net.

In a post-match press conference, the No10 cheekily attributed the goal to divine intervention, labelling it El Mano de Dios, or the Hand of God.

His second goal of the match settled the score at 2-1 and was voted the Goal of the Century by FIFA.com users in 2002. It will forever be immortalised by a statue of the No10 that stands outside the stadium.

Three minutes after punching home his first, in a moment of profound atonement and irresistible guile, Maradona collected the ball near midfield, spun like a top and began to race at a nervous English defence. Leaving six opponents behind him on a long sprint, Maradona rounded the wrong-footed Shilton to toe-poke home at the last possible moment.

The defiant Argentine heroics did not end there either. The semi-final against Belgium saw the skipper score two more. The first a delicate, almost dainty flick, and the second another defiant dribble through a terrified backline. And, as if there were any doubt, his telepathic through ball to Jose Burruchaga in the Final confirmed Maradona's reputation as the greatest player of the day - and of his generation.

Following the final whistle the Azteca crowd spilled on to the pitch to pay homage to football's gods. As Pele had been in 1970, Maradona was left shirtless and embraced by thousands high in the Mountains that surround Mexico City.


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Old November 9th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #4726
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México, Distrito Federal

Home of Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Coyoacán, México Distrito Federal, now a museum
Casa de Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo en Coyoacán, México Distrito Federal, hoy un museo





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Home of Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Coyoacán, México Distrito Federal, now a museum
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Aztec Dancers at the Zocalo Plaza
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Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución), Mexico City


The central feature of Mexico City is the Zócalo (Plaza de la
Constitución), where Mexico's first Constitution was proclaimed in 1813.
Measuring some 240 m (780 ft) each way, it is one of the largest squares
in the world. The Spaniards began to lay out the square immediately
after the conquest of Tenochtitlán, with its northern half overlying the
southern part of the demolished Aztec temple precinct, the Teocalli.

In the early colonial period the square served a variety of purposes - as a
bullfighting arena and a market, among other things. Today the square is
one large empty space, which is used for festivals, parades and
demonstrations. A huge flag is hoisted every morning. In the Metro
station below the square models are on display illustrating the city's
development. Dominating the square are the National Palace and the
Cathedral, with the Templo Mayor site behind it. The Majestic Hotel roof
terrace offers a fine view over the square.

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Old November 12th, 2012, 01:38 AM   #4733
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Seeing the photos , I would like to visit Mexico someday, especially the southern states, but I am asking what's the safety for foreigners as I read that Mexico is a troubled country.
In fact it's only the northerns states of the country that are dangerous, besides Baja California SUR wich is safe. The southern states specially, like Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Chiapas etc. are very safe. there is nothing to fear there

There are some states in the center/south though that I recommend u to avoid but if you do, just be cautious and stay in the touristic zones: Michoacan and Veracruz. there've been some waves of murders, so just in case.

Overall:

-Mexico City is safe, just be as cautious as you'd be in any big city
-Guadalajara is safe, same thing as Mexico city but safer.
-Monterrey, don't go there, it's cool but very dangerous... sadly
-AVOID the states bordering USA
-Leon, Queretaro, Puebla are pretty safe too, no problem there
-Beach destinations such as Cancun, Pto.Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos, Ixtapa are very safe, you won't have any problems there at any time of the day or night
-Beach destinations such as Mazatlan or Acapulco have gained a bad reputation lately but I assure you they are safe as well, just stay in the touristic zones. (similar situation to Rio de Janeiro)

Don't hezitate to visit Mexico, it's a very large and beautifull country and one of the most visited in the world! so WELCOME
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Paseo de la Reforma

Paseo de la Reforma is a wide avenue that runs in a straight line, cutting diagonally across Mexico City. It was designed by Ferdinand von Rosenzweig in the 1860s and modeled after the great boulevards of Europe, such as Vienna's Ringstrasse or the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It was Emperor Maximilian's wish to directly link his Imperial residence, Chapultepec Castle, with the National Palace in the city center. It runs from Chapultepec Park, passes alongside the Torre Mayor, and continues through the Zona Rosa and then to the Zócalo by Juárez Avenue and Francisco I. Madero Street.

More modern extensions continue the avenue at an angle to the old Paseo. To the northeast it continues towards Tlatelolco then it is divided into Calzada de Guadalupe and Calzada de los Misterios and reaches La Villa. To the west, it crosses Chapultepec park and passes south of Polanco on its way through the exclusive neighborhood of Las Lomas and then into Cuajimalpa and Santa Fe on the outskirts of the city, although when it reaches this point it is more a highway than a promenade.

Many monuments to people and events in Mexico's history and the history of the Americas are situated on and along Reforma. Honored people include the Niños Héroes – the Heroic Cadets of the Battle of Chapultepec – with a particularly grand monument in the entrance of Chapultepec Park, Cuauhtémoc, Simón Bolívar, José de San Martín and Christopher Columbus. There is also a fountain with sculptures that conmemorate the nationalization of Mexico's oil reserves and industry in 1938, and a fountain that includes a statue featuring the Roman goddess Diana originally named The Arrow Thrower of the North Star.

One of the most famous monuments of the Paseo is El Ángel de la Independencia – a tall column with a gilded statue of a Winged Victory (that bears resemblance with an angel, therefore its common name) on its top and many marble statues on its base depicting the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence, built to commemorate the centennial of Mexico's independence in 1910. The base contains the tombs of several key figures in Mexico's war of independence.

Near the central section of Reforma, across from the Alameda, is the Monument to the Revolution. This is an enormous dome supported by four arches. It was originally planned, by Porfirio Díaz, to be a part of a new parliament building, but it never was completed because of the start of the Mexican Revolution. After Díaz's overthrow it became a monument to the revolution that deposed him. The remains of Francisco I. Madero and several other heroes of the Mexican Revolution are buried here.

During President Díaz's regime, Paseo de la Reforma became very popular among elite families as a residential area. Few of these original houses built in different European architectural styles remain and office blocks have been built on their place over the years. Although there is no single block that has kept its former architecture, a couple of scattered buildings show the opulence enjoyed by the elites during Porfirio Díaz' regime.

Although most of the modern buildings are unremarkable, the Art Deco Loteria Nacional building and the functionalist IMSS building are an exception. Today Paseo de la Reforma houses offices ranging from the Mexican Federal Government to Banks and brokerage houses.

The newer buildings show a mix of contemporary styles and the commonly used style for office buildings.

Reforma is home to the embassies of the United States (Reforma 305), Colombia (379), Japan (395), the European Union (1675), and Peru (2601). The Mexican stock exchange building (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores) and the former trading floor are on Reforma, as are several museums which are part of Chapultepec Park, including the National Museum of Anthropology, the Modern Art Museum, and the Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum. Another important highlight is the Chapultepec Zoo which is home to more than 2000 animals from more 200 different species and the Castle of Chapultepec, which currently house the Museo Nacional de Historia.

Today, the Reforma is filled with tourist attractions, luxurious restaurants and hotels, office buildings, public art exhibitions, and new construction.

Reforma has become a traditional place for the Mexicans to celebrate or protest. Most protest rallies commonly go along Reforma from El Ángel to the Zócalo or from the Zócalo to Los Pinos. Many parades also make their way through Reforma. El Ángel roundabout is a traditional place for the celebration of the victories of the national football team, mostly during World Cups.

Since 2003, Mexico City's government started a renewal program for Paseo de la Reforma. It included the maintenance of the existent gardens and the creation of new ones, the intensive cleaning and sweeping of streets and sidewalks, the construction of new pink quarry sidewalks and benches, the creation of access bays in the Zoo, lake and Modern Art Museum for touristic and school buses, the installation of new lighting, the moving of the monument to Cuauhtémoc to the crossing of Insurgentes Avenue and Paseo de la Reforma, the construction of prism shaped concrete structures in the median which also have plants and flowers, the promotion of Reforma as a cultural walk organizing different expositions along the avenue sidewalks, and the maintenance of the monuments, sculptures and fountains. Also, a touristic route that goes from Chapultepec Park to the Historic Center along Reforma was established by a double deck bus called Turibus.

With the renewal project, new life has come to the avenue. It has become a main attraction of the city and the most expensive one to build on. However, after many of Mexico City's banks and business left Paseo de la Reforma for the Santa Fe business district in the last decade, the boulevard has been the center of a real state renaissance. Remarkable buildings built (or under construction) in recent years are Torre Mayor, Torre HSBC in the Ángel roundabout, Torre Libertad with St. Regis Hotel in the Diana fountain roundabout, and Reforma 222 designed by famous Mexican architect Teodoro González de León at Reforma and Havre St. Recently opened mix-used developments include a Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and a Park Hyatt Hotel & Residences.




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Estadio Azteca

If size really does matter then Estadio Azteca sits atop any list of the world's football cathedrals. With a capacity of 126,000, the sheer scale of the place merits a visit. But the stadium's standing on the world stage is more than a mere function of statistics.

Azteca is the only ground in history to have played host to two World Cup finals. First in 1970, when Pele's Brazil dismantled Italy in a display of passing football unsurpassed since in the showpiece game; and then in 1986 when Maradona arguably outdid his only serious rival for the "greatest of all time" label by virtually winning the trophy for Argentina single-handedly.

Those two tournaments also threw up two of the most talked about games in history. The 1970 semifinal between Germany and Italy, which the Italians eventually won 4-3 after extra-time, is known -- especially in Italy, it should be said -- as the "game of the century", while Maradona's angel-and-devil performance against England in 1986, including a goal consistently heralded as the World Cup's best as well as the infamous "Hand of God" goal, revealed everything you needed to know about the Argentine legend.

In the towering environs of the Azteca you are not so much bathing in history as drowning in it.

Home to club sides America and Atlante, as well as the national team, a derby between the two or any matchup with visiting teams from Guadalajara guarantees atmosphere, if perhaps not a full house. For that, maybe wait for the next time the U.S. national team visits town; 110,000 were in attendance when Mexico held off its bitter continental rival 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in March, 2005.






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