Photos: SEDEMA-Enrique Abe
The entrance gives way to the Lions Garden, a green area that was originally part of San Miguel Chapultepec now to the south. In fact, that town’s church once stood here. The entrance leads directly to the Lions Bridge which, since 1975, has allowed pedestrians to cross directly to the Altar to the Homeland.
The entrance is named for the two bronze sculptures of lions by French artist, Georges Gardet. These were created to adorn the legislative palace of President Porfirio Díaz but which later became the Monument to the Revolution. Gardet created a bronze eagle, five meters tall, at the same time. This was similarly later moved to the Monumento a la Raza.
The two lions stand on Arte Deco-style pedestals. These are carved from granite that originated in Germany, Canada, and in Zacatecas. The pedestals also contain small guardhouse stations. These are accessed through an iron gate with a relief of an eagle with wings outstretched.
Today the gate opens from, not just Paseo de la Reforma, but the plaza of the Estela de Luz monument. It’s often passed right by, but then, in the park, there’s a lot more to see.