The construction of the Torre Latinoamericana started in 1948 and ended in 1956. It has 44 stories, and at that time it was the tallest building in Latin America with a height of 188 meters. It was also named the tallest building outside the U.S.
What makes this building important is its resistance to earthquakes. Have in mind that Mexico continually has telluric movement. It withstood the 1957 earthquake of 7.7 richter scale when the Angel of Independence fell from its column. It would withstand the 1985 earthquake of 8.1 , and the later earthquake of 7.9 on march 20th this year.
Nowadays the same mexican technology is used to build skyscrapers on high seismic risk areas.
If it shakes, we have the recipe….
This is Reforma Avenue. I took these pictures when I went up the column of the Angel of Independence. Magnificent view. It was a shame that it was cloudy. Also you will notice a lot of people using their bikes. It’s Sunday, when the city closes all car access to this streets so families can go biking.
Far out what would seem the end of the avenue is the Castle of Chapultepec. Yes, a Castle. Here a battle took place around 1845. It was the Mexican-American War. Yep. We had our “share” too, but that is another story.
Below, I made a zoom to the Castle. To the right, is a Amusment Park, named Chapultepec. (very creative) You can see the Russian Mountain, the third largest in the world made of wood.