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This Neoclassical style semicircular monument with strong Greek influence honors former president of Mexico, Benito Juarez, who served his country from 1858 to 1872. His marble statue sits on a pedestal in the center of the monument surrounded by Doric columns. The construction of the monument began in 1906 to mark the centennial of Juarez’s birth. It is one of several monuments around the world commemorating Benito Juarez. Benito Juarez’s March 21st birthday is celebrated in Mexico City’s Alameda Park located next to the Juarez Hemicycle.

Benito Juarez is said to be one of Mexico’s most beloved Presidents. He is remembered for fighting for equal rights of the indigenous people of Mexico, reforming Mexico into a more democratic country, and reforming the educational system so that more poor people could go to school. Benito Juarez was the first full blooded native Indian to become president of Mexico. (He was a Zapotec Indian).

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