Pedestrian Street Francisco I. Madero Mexico City

1. Madero Street

Francisco I. Madero is one of the oldest streets in Mexico City, drawn shortly after the Conquest. It measures 700 meters and its ends are located between Eje Central and the Plaza de la Constituci贸n.

In past centuries it received different names, such as Calle de San Francisco and Calle de Plateros.

The latter is the most famous, and it is because Mart铆n Enriquez de Almansa, fourth viceroy of New Spain, arranged for silver merchants to establish themselves along the road.

His name is Francisco I. Madero since 1914.

Who gave him his final name was Pancho Villa himself. He placed a plaque on the marble of the La Mexicana building (where the Zara store is now), on the corner with Isabel la Cat贸lica.

2. In numbers

  • 2010 was the year he became a pedestrian corridor.
  • 600 thousand people walk this street a day. In high season the figure can increase to one million.

3. The House of Tiles // Casa de los azulejos

It is located at number 4 of Madero. Its exterior walls, covered with talavera tiles, were laid in 1735.

Legend has it that the person responsible for such decoration was Luis de Vivero and Ircio de Mendoza, the second count of the Orizaba Valley; It is said that, during his youth, his father reprimanded him for the life of excesses he led, telling him that he would never achieve anything or make a “tile house”. However, the famous facade was the idea of a descendant of his, the fifth countess of the Orizaba Valley.

Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the New Baroque style house was the headquarters of the Jockey Club of Mexico, a meeting point for high society.

In 1920, the Sanborns brothers opened their first restaurant with a pharmacy and gift shop here. The building also protects the mural 鈥淥mnisciencia鈥, by Jos茅 Clemente Orozco.


4. Iturbide Palace

You find it in Madero 17. It is called that because it was the home of Agust铆n de Iturbide for two years, and he left to be crowned as emperor.

The baroque-style mansion, which was built between 1779 and 1785, is listed as a National Monument. Now it is the Citibanamex Palace of Culture with temporary exhibitions, guided tours and a site museum that explains how it was lived inside the residence.

5. The Borda House

In the 18th century, Jos茅 de la Borda lived between the streets of Madero and Bol铆var, a very rich man who owned mines in Taxco. His house was so big that it covered the whole block.

With the passage of time the enormous property of Baroque style was divided into several parts, but some of them still retain a very long balcony.

It is said that Jos茅 de la Borda commissioned that structure so that his wife could walk around without leaving the house, because he was very jealous.

To identify the construction, locate number 33 of Madero, which is currently occupied by a bank branch; The famous balcony is on the third floor.

6. Tragic history

Just in the corner located between Madero y Motolinia, more than two meters high there is a stone plaque shaped like a lion’s head. Mark the level that reached the water after the Tromba of San Mateo, in 1629.

It is the worst flooding in Mexico City: because of it, more than 30 thousand people died.

7. Museum of the Estanquillo

In Isabel la Cat贸lica 26, corner with Madero. More than 20 thousand objects related to Mexican culture are part of the collection that Carlos Monsiv谩is gathered during 40 years of his life.

They are illustrations, photos, documents and curiosities that are exhibited in this museum in the form of temporary exhibitions divided by theme.

The name “Estanquillo” refers to a type of establishment that proliferated in Mexico during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, where all kinds of products were sold. It has a cafeteria with terrace.

8. To eat

Hilaria Jard铆n is a small restaurant with a panoramic terrace, located on the corner between Madero and Bol铆var (the exact address is Bolivar 21).

Marrow burgers, pork rinds and chapulines pizza are the stars of their menu.

You can accompany the meal with a craft beer in the bottle; They have 15 different brands.

9. The Mumedi

Just entering the Mexican Museum of Design in Madero 74, is already an experience.

The colonial house that houses it dates from the 18th century; It was built on a part of the palace that belonged to Hern谩n Cort茅s, and below are also the foundations of the pyramid of Emperor Moctezuma Ilhuicamina.

Today, its stone walls house temporary exhibitions related to all kinds of techniques and materials of national and foreign designers: from photography and illustration, to textiles and jewelry.

There is also a restaurant and a shop full of creative items.

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