La Chiapaneca

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Here comes another Mexican card from Maggie. 馃檪 It pictures beautiful Mexican dresses – “La Chiapaneca” – traditional for the region of Chiapas. More pictures from Chiapas you could see here.

Chiapa de Corzo is a small city and municipality situated in the west-central part of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Located in the Grijalva River valley of the Chiapas highlands, Chiapa de Corzo lies some 15 km to the east of the state capital, Tuxtla Guti茅rrez. Chiapa has been occupied since at least 1400 BCE, with a major archeological site which reached it height between 700 BCE and 200 CE. It is important because the earliest inscribed date, the earliest form of hieroglyphic writing and the earliest Mesoamerican tomb burial have all been found here. Chiapa is also the site of the first Spanish city founded in Chiapas in 1528.

 

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Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon

e9B7YB71C3QaRJBNK0YHRfXKThis card comes from Maggie. 馃檪 Mexico is one of my top 3 “to visit” destinations and聽Teotihuacan is the first place I’d go to when I have a chance to go to Mexico.

Teotihuacan聽covers a total surface area of 83 square kilometres and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico.

The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in Teotihuacan and one of the largest in Mesoamerica. Found along the Avenue of the Dead, in between the Pyramid of the Moon and the Ciudadela, and in the shadow of the massive mountain Cerro Gordo, the pyramid is part of a large complex in the heart of the city.

The Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest pyramid in Teotihuacan, Mexico after the Pyramid of the Sun. It is located in the western part of Teotihuacan and mimics the contours of the mountain Cerro Gordo, just north of the site. Some have called it Tenan, which in Nahuatl, means “mother or protective stone.” The Pyramid of the Moon covers a structure older than the Pyramid of the Sun which existed prior to 200 AD.

Z贸calo

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This awesome Mexican card comes from Maggie. 馃檪

The Z贸calo is the main plaza or square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. The plaza used to be known simply as the “Main Square” or “Arms Square,” and today its formal name is Plaza de la Constituci贸n (Constitution Square). This name does not come from any of the Mexican constitutions that have governed the country but rather from the C谩diz Constitution which was signed in Spain in 1812. However, it is almost always called the Z贸calo today. Plans were made to erect a column as a monument to Independence, but only the base, or z贸calo, was ever built. The plinth was destroyed long ago but the name has lived on. Many other Mexican towns and cities, such as Oaxaca and Guadalajara, have adopted the word z贸calo to refer to their main plazas, but not all.

It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times, having been the site of Mexica ceremonies, the swearing in of viceroys, royal proclamations, military parades, Independence ceremonies and modern religious events such as the festivals of Holy Week and Corpus Christi. It has received foreign heads of state and is the main venue for both national celebration and national protest.

The modern Z贸calo in Mexico City is 57,600 metres虏 (240 m 脳 240 m), making it one of the largest city squares in the world. It is bordered by the Cathedral to the north, the National Palace to the east, the Federal District buildings to the south and the Old Portal de Mercaderes to the west, the Nacional Monte de Piedad building at the north-west corner, with the Templo Mayor site to the northeast, just outside of view. In the centre is a flagpole with an enormous Mexican flag ceremoniously raised and lowered each day and carried into the National Palace. There is an entrance to the Metro station “Z贸calo” located at the northeast corner of the square but no sign above ground indicates its presence.

Mexico City Metro

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Another new addition to my subway map-card collection, this card comes from Maggie from Mexico. 馃檪

The Mexico City Metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, often shortened to STC, is a metro system that serves the metropolitan area of Mexico City, including some municipalities in Mexico State. It is the second largest metro system in North America after the New York City Subway. In 2011 the system served 1.487 billion passengers, placing it as the ninth highest ridership in the world.

The first STC Metro line had 16 stations, and opened to the public on 4 September 1969. As of 2013, the system comprises twelve lines and 201.09 kilometres (124.95 mi) of passenger track.聽The STC Metro system has 195 stations, 24 of which serve two or more lines (correspondencias or transfer stations). It has 115 underground stations (the deepest of which are 35 metres (115 ft) below street level); 55 surface stations and 25 elevated stations. All lines operate from 5 am until midnight.

And while I’m on the subway topic, let me share today’s hit on facebook 馃榾 :

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