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Civil Pantheon of Dolores
Attractions of Mexico City

Address: Constituyentes on the corner with Panteón Civil
Area:
Chapultepec
Metro: Constituyentes

The Civil Pantheon of Dolores is one of the largest cemeteries in Mexico City and it represents a place of memory and remembrance of the most important personalities in the history of the country.

The history of this cemetery dates back to the government of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada at the end of the 19th Century, when the politician decided to provide a large extension of land from the Chapultepec ravines to use as an alternative space for burrials because of the increasing saturation of the oldest cemeteries in the city. This cemetery houses a site which pays tribute to the heroes and illustrous personalities of the nation called 'Rotonda de los Personajes Ilustres'.

This site has a round floor plan and at its centre there's a torch around which are located the mausoleums of the most outstanding heroes, politicians, artists and intellectuals of the country. There, one can find the tombs of Dolores del Río, Agustín Lara, Diego Rivera, Heberto Castillo, Lerdo de Tejada, Alfonso Reyes, Rosario Castellanos, Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Juventino Rosas, Carlos Chávez, Angela Peralta and Manuel M. Ponce, among others. Each mausoleum presents, through various forms of expresion, a homage towards the life, work and accomplishments of these personalities, as well as their values, which are manifested in different ways, from elegant marble crypts to simple columns of volcanic rock, passing through sculptures and tombstones, all through which the journey transforms into a pleasant stroll through the history of our country and a cause for inspiration and remembrance to its visitors.

To arrive, one can get to either the Constituyentes or Chapultepec underground stations and take a bus from there in the direction of the Natural History Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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