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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.
Situated in Pachuca, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galerias Pachuca Mall and Hidalgo Stadium. International Soccer Hall of Fame and Mundo Futbol Interactive Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Pachuca, this family-friendly hotel is steps away from Independence Square, Monumental Clock of Pachuca and Mineria Museum and Historical Archive. Hidalgo Theater and National Photography Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Las Palmitas, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Hidalgo Stadium, Hidalgo Theater and Cuartel De Arte Museum. National Photography Museum and Center of Art and Philosophy are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Pachuca, this hotel is steps away from Monumental Clock of Pachuca and Independence Square. Mineria Museum and Historical Archive and Hidalgo Theater are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Pachuca, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Center of Art and Philosophy and Hidalgo Theater. Monumental Clock of Pachuca and Independence Square are also within 1 mile (2 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.
Located in the heart of Pachuca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Soccer Hall of Fame, Mundo Futbol Interactive Center and Galerias Pachuca Mall. David Ben Gurion Park and Auditorium Gota de Plata are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Pachuca, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of El Rehilete Museum, Galerias Pachuca Mall and David Ben Gurion Park. International Soccer Hall of Fame and Mundo Futbol Interactive Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).