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Celaya, Guanajuato

Columna de la Independencia

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Symbol of Independence

Finished in 1823, Celaya's Independence Column marked the first monument in Mexico to celebrate the country's independence, wrested from Spain two years before at the conclusion of an 11-year war. Topped by the iconic eagle-dispatching-a-snake symbol of Mexico, the column stands before the mighty Templo de San Francisco, one of Celaya's biggest and best-known churches.

Celayan architect, painter, and sculptor Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras--also known for his work on the San Francisco Church and many other local landmarks--actually built the column originally as a tribute to King Carlos V under a 1791 commission, but modified it following the War of Independence.

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