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San Miguel Chapultepec
Zones of Mexico City

 

With names of Generals and Governors of Mexico scattered along its urban plan, the spaces of San Miguel Chapultepec reside in a quiet atmosphere where big ash trees, antique facades and small streets, invite people to stroll through this neighbourhood that, located at the feet of Chapultepec Forest and just a few feet from its vibrant neighbour, Colonia Condesa, offers us endless intimate corners to discover.

Located in the central-west area of Mexico City, Colonia San Miguel Chapultepec is an authentic catalogue of urban details and architectonical styles that entwine harmoniously beneath the shadows of its tree-filled streets; its antique eclectic constructions of the beginning of the 20th Century, its neo-colonial and deco houses, all showcase more than a hundred year old traditions, from when the area composed the agricultural limits of Tacubaya and Chapultepec, bearing witness to some of the first developments of Mexico Citys west side. 

The area has two temples, one is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel and the other to Our Lady of Carmen, the latter is an imposing structure in neoclassical style that possesses one of the showiest copulas in the city. Other sites of interest are the Russian Embassy which occupies an old palace from the beginning of the 20th Century and the UAMs Cultural Centre, located on Circuito Interior a short distance from the Juanacatlan Metro station, and which houses a library, conference rooms and various exhibitions, the site: an old Porfirian mansion surrounded by gardens and a beautiful fountain with mythological motifs.

In recent years this area has benefited from the Real Estate expansion of the Colonia Condesa, as it has motivated the rescue of old spaces and the construction of new apartment buildings with lofts and terraces, as well as the establishment of the Kurimanzutto Gallery, one of the most prestigious in the world. As a result, the streets of this pleasant area of the city have become reinvigorated.

 

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