THE SQUARE OF THREE CULTURES, THE TLATELOLCO MASSACRE, SANTA MARÍA LA RIBERA NEIGHBORHOOD.
ABOUT THE AREA..
In Tlatelolco three historical key moments converge to understand present Mexico: the pre-Hispanic Tlatelolco, of which only the ruins of its temples remain. The colonial Tlatelolco, with its church of Santiago and what lasts of the tecpan or palace. And the modern Tlatelolco, which witnessed the massacre of students of ’68, a fact that changed the political physiognomy of Mexico forever and that lingers in the memory of the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center.
Tlatelolco always was ans still remains a market place. In front of the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, one of the most traditional tianguis of the city rises every Sunday morning: La Lagunilla. Its section of antiques is a paradise for treasure hunters, for collectors and the curious. But the market is also full of families, hipsters and students looking for branded clothing at a good price, original shirts and even a haircut.
On the opposite side of Tlatelolco is the colony of Santa Maria la Ribera, formerly a stately quarter, as evidenced by the still-standing Porfiriato mansions and is now a popular neighborhood. It’s an amzing neighborhood to walk around. In the center there’s an incredibly big and beautiful Moorish style kiosk of the XIX century, And you will find the fascinating Museum of Geology, situated in a beautiful colonial building and inside there’s a mammoth welcoming you.
1. Walk around at the archaeological site of Tlatelolco to see where the Mexicans originate from. Enter the tecpan to see the mural of Siqueiros inside.
2. Visit the University Cultural Center to understand what happened during the student revolts of ’68.
3. Go to the La Lagunilla market on a Sunday to stroll around, have a beer, eat and buy some beautiful antiques.
4. Visit the Santa María la Ribera neighborhood and imagine you went back a 100 years in time. Take photos of the kiosk and go to see the dinosaurs, meteorites and fossils in the Museum of Geology.
5. Head back to the historic center and go up to the viewpoint of the Latin Tower at night to have a spectacular view over Mexico City.