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Río de Janeiro Plaza
Colonia Roma / Images of Colonia Roma / Other attractions

Neighborhood: Colonia Roma
Metro: Insurgentes  
Metrobus:
Álvaro Obregón
 

This public square, one of the most representative places in the Roma area, used to be called Roma Park and is built upon one of the lands designated as a green area by the urban planners. In its origin it only had small trees and bushes as well as a roundabout in which there stood a simple circular fountain. Today, after more than a hundred years of history, these trees have grown and the simple circular fountain was replaced by a new one adorned by a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David.

This plaza is surrounded by some interesting buildings of the beginning of the 20th Century, among which the Río de Janeiro Building stands out particularly; it is commonly known as the “Witches’ Castle” due to the peculiar shape of its pan coupe roof which looks like a witch’s hat and the position of windows and doors, which suggest the eyes, nose and mouth of the building. This interesting brick building erected by R.A. Pigeon in 1908, was modified in its interior and ground floor in the 1930’s by the engineer Francisco J. Serrano, who also added an Art Deco touch to the entrance and interior patio.

A few art galleries are also located around this park, which complement the activities that take place in Río de Janeiro Plaza, as a vital meeting place for the inhabitants and visitors of the Roma area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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