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Cosmovitral of Toluca

the flowers aren't the only colors in THIS garden...

For my penultimate day in the Mexico City area, we went and explored "downtown" Toluca and of course the one thing that really stood out, which was this Cosmovitral.

The Cosmovitral used to be a traditional market built in the early 1900s. In 1975, it was bought by the State of Mexico and turned into a botanical garden. The huge windows were converted into stained-glass masterpieces, by an artist some say was mad (interestingly enough, supposedly he was Hugo's mother's art teacher).

The flora was, of course, beautiful, but I think it was the stained glass panels around and within the building that made this a very unforgettable place.

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After we had our fill, we continued to explore Toluca and came across some churches, statues, and the portales (another market known for its arches). Oh my!

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Statue of Miguel Hidalgo, a leader of the Mexican independence movement.

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One of the many, many, many torta stands.

And with that, I officially conclude my Christmas vacation in Mexico City...while I'm on Spring Break in April. Better late than never is what I always say!

Posted by lrbergen 10:47 Archived in Mexico Tagged tourist_sites

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