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Metro Pino Suarez

Adoratorio de EhécatlWhen excavating the center for the subway works of the Metro, a ceremonial complex was found between José María Izazaga Avenue and the Plaza de San Lucas. It consisted of several rooms and temples around an esplanade with stairways. What can be admired today is a circular temple dating from approximately 1400 AD. That curious shape helps us to know that it was dedicated to the God of the Wind, Ehécatl, in the Nahua tradition.

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Proyecto “Corredor de Cultura Digital”.

Nombre de la investigación:
Investigación Centro Histórico, Monumentos, Edificios y Puntos de Interés (2023)

Dirección de investigación y diseño de Rutas:
Acércate al Centro A.C.
Guadalupe Gómez Collada

Coordinación e investigación histórica:
Fideicomiso del Centro histórico
Dir. Maestra Loredana Montes

Photo: ProtoplasmaKid on Wikimedia Commons._

When Metro Pino Suárez first opened in September of 1969, it was already one of the most famous in the city. As a major transfer station, it connected two of the busiest metro lines. The discovery during construction of a major temple dedicated to Ehécatl, made it even more well known.
  • Scholars usually interpret Ehécatl as an aspect of the Feathered Serpent deity, Quetzalcóatl. More simply, one could call Ehécatl a God of Wind. Known as Ehécatl-Quetzalcóatl, the figure personifies one of the creator gods and cultural heroes within mythical creation stories.
  • Ehécatl thus recalls the four cardinal directions, too. The temple took therefore takes the form of a cylinder, thought to ease the passage of wind.
  • 2017 excavations revealed artifacts that researchers believe are the remains of the calpulli, something like a combined family unit and trade guild. Researchers point out the connection of artifacts recovered here with the ancient Cuezcontitlan neighborhood. Archaeologists have worked especially to the northwest of the present station.

José María Pino Suárez

The Pino Suárez Metro station bears the name of the vice president assassinated alongside President Francisco Madero in 1913. The culmination of the ten tragic days it led to the rise of the much hated Huerta presidency. Pino Suárez is remembered for having fallen in the cause of the Mexican Revolution. City residents know this area of Centro Histórico for its proximity to Metro Pino Suárez. The Church of Saint Michael the Archangel provided its former atrium, now called the Jardín San Miguel, for several of the southernmost entrances to this station. Primarily a neighborhood dedicated to fashion and clothing retailers, the highlight just may be the massive Plaza Comercial Pino Suárez. Home to hundreds of clothing and footwear retailers, it's just the most concentrated part of the city center's fashion district. But don't miss the adjoining Plaza San Lucas no matter how crowded it gets.

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