2016 - Mexico City - Monumento
This would be the Monument to the 1910 Mexican Revolution. It is a giant structure within Plaza de la Republic.
President Porfirio Díaz planned an impressive legislative palace for this spot and selected an architect from France to demonstrate the worldliness of Mexico.
The president placed the first stone in 1910 and a steel internal structure including a distinctive cupola was erected. However, work stalled when revolutionary conflicts created limited availability of resources.
After the revolution, rather than dismantling the abandoned building supports, the Mexican architect Carlos Obregón Santacilia sought and earned approval to erect a monument to the revolution incorporating the still standing cupola.
Construction lasted from 1933 to 1938 and yielded today’s monument, which stands alone in this part of Mexico City’s historical centre.
The monument also serves as a mausoleum, holding the remains of some of the most influential of the revolutionaries, including Francisco I. Madero, Venustiano Carranza, Francisco Villa, Plutarco Elías Cales and Lázaro Cárdenas.