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Latin - American Tower
Historical Centre / Images of the Historical Centre / Other attractions

Neighborhood: Historical Centre
Address: Eje Central corner Avenida Juárez
Subway: Bellas Artes

Opened: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 23:00 hrs.


Considered for many years the tallest building in Mexico and Latin America, the Latin-American Tower is a great pride for the inhabitants of Mexico City as it broke many records in engineering during its construction using Mexican technology, and has also resisted the strong earthquakes of 1957 and 1985. Today, in spite of the fact that it’s not the tallest building anymore having been surpassed by the Pemex Tower, the World Trade Center and most recently the Mayor Tower, the Latin-American Tower still has a special place among the inhabitants as it is the classic skyscraper of the city and one of the most important urban landmarks.

The construction of the Latin-American Tower began in 1949 and was concluded 7 years later in 1956, when it was inaugurated on April 30th of the same year. During this period, several factors were considered for the building’s foundation which were new for the time, but were necessary as it’s located in a seismic zone; a rail system was installed which would protect the structure from any damage. A year after it was finished the building passed the test as it was unharmed by the earthquake that hit in 1957, which won it an award as the tallest building that had resisted an earthquake of this magnitude. Later on, it passed a similar test in 1985 which was a reason for pride in Mexican engineering.

This skyscraper has 43 office floors and an antenna from which radio and television signals are transmitted. It also has a belvedere on its last three floors where one can get an excellent view of the city.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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