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The Hemiciclo a Juárez is one of the multiple focal points in Alameda Central. A meeting point, a prominent landmark and a historical monument, it is as Neoclassical as things are ever likely to get

Semicircular, with a strong Greek influence, the 12 Doric columns of the monument support an entablature and a frieze structure of the same order. The central sculpture represents Benito Juárez with an allegorical “homeland” crowning him with laurels. As a second, the law holds a torch over his head. Below, a republican eagle spreads its wings on Neo-Aztec frets and a base on which two lions recline.

The central pillar medallion surrounded by laurel reads:

To Praiseworthy Benito Juárez, the Homeland.


Construction of the monument began in 1906 to commemorate the centennial of the birth of Juárez. The engineers were personally assigned by Porfirio Díaz and the sculptures were completed by the Italian artist Alessandro Lazzerini.

Dedicated on September 18, 1910, the Hemicycle to Juárez was home to draws for the National Lottery for decades. Since the Lottery moved into its own headquarters, it has made the backdrops for thousands of quinceañeras and other similar events that mark the seasons and stages of Mexican life.

Nearest Venues

How to get here
Juárez s/n, Col. Centro.

Historic Sites/Bldgs

Corpus Christi Temple

Nearest at 0.04 kms.


The Alameda Central

Nearest at 0.08 kms.


Museum of Memory and Tolerance

Nearest at 0.10 kms.


Plaza de Santos Degollado

Nearest at 0.22 kms.


Plaza de Santa Veracruz

Nearest at 0.24 kms.

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