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UNAM University City
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University City is one of the great architectural and cultural treasures of Mexico City due to the large amount of investigations and academic activities that take place in it, and also to its outstanding architecture, considered one of the maximum examples of the 20th Century in Latinamerica.

University City, known as CU by the inhabitants of the city, is located south of the central part of the city, to both sides of Insurgentes Avenue and it includes within its grounds several renowned faculties, important libraries and outstanding cultural centers and museums. The central part of University City is composed by the first buildings that were constructed during the 40’s and which are a result of the team work of several of the most outstanding Mexican architects of the time which were searching for a national architecture with its own identity. From there, University City finds itself distributed around large green areas and outdoor plazas in much the same way that prehispanic cities were. It’s wonderful the amplitude and the sense of immensity that you can feel in the esplanade of the Tower of Rectory, in which façade several murals of David Alfaro Siqueiros can be appreciated, or the Central Library which is located in front and to the side of the Tower, which constitutes a mural in itself, work of the Mexican muralist and architect Juan O’Gorman.

Also in this section you can find the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Architecture, one of the most outstanding in the continent, it also houses the MUCA or University Museum of Arts and Sciences.

On the other side of Insurgentes Avenue the fantastic University Stadium, which hosted the México 1968 Olympic Games, can be found. More to the south, in the middle of the ecological reserve of CU, you can find the Botanical Gardens with its beautiful and important gardens, also the University Cultural Centre which houses the Nezahualcóyotl theatre which is considered has the best acoustics in Latinamerica, the Universum Museum of Science and an important sculpture space in the middle of a rocky area.

It’s possible to access the University through Insurgentes Sur Avenue or the Underground stations Universidad and Copilco.

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