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The Monumental Clock of Pachuca (Pachuca de Soto’s Reloj Monumental) is the focal point of the central Independence Square (La Plaza Independencia). The clock’s four faces point directly north, east, south and west, so the tower is a good starting point for your explorations of Pachuca. Look up at the ornate stone tower with its copper dome, listen to its carillon and visit the modern cultural center below.
The tower stands 131 feet (40 meters) tall and was inaugurated in 1910. It was proposed and financed by Cornish miners, who wanted it to become a tower of concerts. This never eventuated because its open balconies were too highly placed, making the musicians invisible to the public below. Instead, the city’s “Banda de Rurales” (Rural Orchestra) played in a purpose-built kiosk below the tower.
Walk around the tower to see its four clock faces, adorned by eagles. Note other typical neoclassical features, such as the marble statues representing Liberty, Independence, Constitution and Reform on each side of the tower. These were the milestones from the start of the War of Independence in 1810 to the law reforms in 1859.
The tower’s third level houses an Austrian-designed carillon, with a mechanism identical to London’s famous Big Ben, which chimes every 15 minutes. Come back just before 6 p.m. to hear the bells play the Mexican National Anthem.
In 2015, the square’s bandstand was replaced by El Centro Cultural El Reloj. Go down into this ultra-modern cultural center, which houses an open-air theater for concerts, an underground children’s learning center, art gallery and exhibit space. After browsing, visit its library, gift shop and restaurant with wine bar.
It’s worth returning to Independence Square at the end of the day to see the tower lit up like a beacon against the night sky. The Monumental Clock is easy to reach by public transportation and taxi. Parking is limited in the square itself, but the surrounding streets have more spaces. Entry to the cultural center is free, but you may have to pay for certain exhibits.
This family-friendly hotel is in the centre of Pachuca, within 6 mi (10 km) of Hidalgo Stadium, Mundo Futbol Interactive Center and Galerias Pachuca Mall. Plaza Q Mall and David Ben Gurion Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Pachuca, this hotel is steps away from Monumental Clock of Pachuca and Independence Square. Hidalgo Theater and Mineria Museum and Historical Archive are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Pachuca, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Galerias Pachuca Mall, Hidalgo Stadium and International Soccer Hall of Fame. Mundo Futbol Interactive Center and Auditorium Gota de Plata are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Pachuca, this family-friendly hotel is steps away from Independence Square, Mineria Museum and Historical Archive and Monumental Clock of Pachuca. Mundo Futbol Interactive Center and Galerias Pachuca Mall are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Pachuca, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Center of Art and Philosophy, Hidalgo Theater and Monumental Clock of Pachuca. Independence Square and National Photography Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Center of Art and Philosophy, Hidalgo Theater and Hidalgo Stadium. National Photography Museum and Cuartel De Arte Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Pachuca, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Monumental Clock of Pachuca, Independence Square and Mineria Museum and Historical Archive. Hidalgo Theater and Cuartel De Arte Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Pachuca, this hotel is close to Galerias Pachuca Mall, International Soccer Hall of Fame and Mundo Futbol Interactive Center. Also nearby are David Ben Gurion Park and Hidalgo Stadium.