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Metro Coyoacán

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Top, one of the station’s two Andrómeda murals by sculptor Marta Tanguma (1983) Photo: jd (A) on Flickr.com under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.

 

Metro Coyoacán is often a first stop in Coyoacán for international visitors. If you’re using the Metro to get around the city, it’s nice to know there’s a complete shopping center right upstairs.

The station logo here is the coyote. The circle in the center represents the water holes for which the area was also famous. And Coyoacán, in Nahuatl, means “Place of Coyotes.” Founded by Toltecs between the 10th and 12th centuries CE, it was later the first capital of New Spain. In fact, Hernán Cortés first settled here after the fall of Tenochtitlan. The first city council for what was to be the capital of New Spain was also established here.

There was a plan to name the station for the nearby Centro Bancomer. But as Bancomer has moved their headquarters to the skyscraper on Reforma, it’s probably better that the people at the Metro settled on the Coyoacán name.

The station is also fortunate to host the two “Andrómeda” murals (these are numbered, 1 and 2), by the sculptor Marta Tanguma from 1983. Acrylic and fiberglass reliefs, they represent work and effort through a spiral nebula. In total the two works occupy an area of ​​more than 23 square meters.

Address:

Av. Universidad s/n, Col. Xoco.