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Leon, Guanajuato

Arco Triunfal de la Calzada de los Heroes

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Arch of Heroes

Built in 1893 to mark the 83rd anniversary of the independence of Mexico, this beautiful classic arch is located at the entrance to the old city center. The cobbled street adds particular charm to the area, where you can stroll around to visit shops, restaurants and cafes. The bronze lion at the top of the arch was a later edition, sculpted by famed artist Humberto Poraza Ojeda in 1959. It replaced a previous brick lion, which locally born matador Antonio Veláquez (whose nickname was "Heart of Leon") felt did not properly reflect the true spirit of the city.

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