Sunday, June 5, 2011

Central Library of UNAM

The Central Library of the Universdad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) was inaugurated on April 1956. The building is covered with natural color stones brought from many different parts of the country. Its four large murals represent the ancient past, the colonial past, the contemporaneous world,  and the University and modern Mexico.

The North wall, where the main entrance is located, shows images of the origin of Tenochtitlan city. Gods such as Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc, symbols of the sun; the moon; fishes;  snakes, and snails,  as elements for Aztec ceremonies. The South wall shows images of Colonialism, including the arrival of Spaniards to America, symbols of the European vision based in religion, and images of Copernicus’ and Ptolemy’s theories. The East wall shows images of the contemporaneous world. The West wall shows symbols of the importance of the University in a modern Mexico, emphasizing the importance of knowledge.

In 2007, the Central Library and the University City Campus of the UNAM, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
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1 comment:

  1. Wow! What a beautiful building! I can see why it is your favorite library.