Visit Tecozautla on your Trip to Hidalgo
If you are a fan of historical monuments and weekend escapades, it will be a great choice if you visit the quiet town of Tecozautla, Hidalgo.
Tecozautla, Magical Town
Located three hours away from Mexico City driving on the Mexico-Querétaro highway, this town’s main square is home to El Torreón (Tower), a very representative historical monument.
It was built during the government of Porfirio Díaz –a Mexican dictator who introduced the French architectural style–, for the celebration of the first Centenary of the Mexican Independence.
Structure of the Tecozautla Quarry Tower
The monument’s structure is divided in three levels, and its main body is decorated with four eagles –one on each side–, the bird that served as a symbol of that president’s government.
If you stand on the Torreón’s pedestal and look up, you’ll be able to appreciate its great height of 25 meters (82 feet), as well as the different tones of cantera stone that show its neoclassical elegant construction style. At the same time, if you raise your eyes even higher, you’ll find on the third level a replica of England’s Big Ben clock, including its German machinery. It has the peculiarity of announcing the time every quarter hour with a cheerful ring. It’s most amusing characteristic: every three hours it plays a Mexican melody that can be heard all around the square where it’s located.
From the lower part of the Torreón you can look up and observe the roof where you’ll find an engraving with the date 1912, the year when the monument was finished. There, you will also have access to a small door that leads directly to the clock’s machinery room.
For a long time, the Torreón has been a landmark for the inhabitants of Tecozautla. Youngsters go there to mingle and flirt or share an ice cream with their fiends. It is also the site where most social and national celebrations take place, including the Independence of Mexico’s festivities, Christmas plays and even political speeches. In that sense, it’s possible to say that this tower has witnessed transcendental events whose memories have remained inside its walls. Therefore, apart from being a valuable monument of the early twentieth century, it is the iconic identitary symbol of the town of Tecozautla.
Fun Facts About the Torreón in Tecozautla
Originally, the Torreón was meant to have four levels and a pointed rooftop; however, since it was not finished for the celebration of the Centenary of the Mexican Independence in 1910, they stopped the construction work and left it with its current design.