Madero Street Pedestrian Corridor | Historic Downtown Mexico City

Corredor Peatonal Calle Madero Ciudad de Mexico

The Madero Street pedestrian corridor is one of the oldest streets in Mexico City, built shortly after the Conquest. It is the busiest street in all of Mexico and is the busiest pedestrian street in all of Latin America, more than 350,000 people pass through it every day.

This street is better known as Madero Pedestrian Corridor, is the busiest in Mexico City and the entire country.

In past centuries it received different names, such as Calle de San Francisco and Calle de Plateros. It has been called Francisco I. Madero since 1914.

The one who gave it its definitive name was Pancho Villa himself. He placed a plaque on the marble of the La Mexicana building (where the Zara store is now), on the corner of Isabel la Católica.

In addition, it is one of the roads with more memories because, being a direct route to the capital's Zócalo, it has been strategic in several moments of the country's history.

What to see and do in Madero Street

  • The Latin American Tower:
    • It is one of the most emblematic buildings in Mexico City. During the period from 1956 to 1972 it was considered the tallest building in Mexico. It also held the title of the tallest building in Latin America. Construction lasted from 1948 to 1956.
  • La Casa de los Azulejos or Casa del Conde del Valle de Orizaba - Currently Sanborns Madero:
    • It is one of the most emblematic buildings in downtown Mexico City and summarizes four centuries of history, recognized as a National Monument.
  • Temple of San Francisco
    • It was the first and largest Franciscan convent in Mexico City, sponsored by Hernán Cortés in 1524. The temple, as it is today, is the result of the rebuilding carried out in 1716. Only this temple and the Balvanera chapel are preserved.
  • Citibanamex Palace of Culture - Palacio de Iturbide
    • It is an architectural jewel of the Mexican Baroque, it was built between 1779 and 1785 by the New Spanish architect Francisco Guerrero y Torres, for the residence of the family of the Counts of Moncada and the Marquises of Jaral de Berrio.
  • Pinacoteca de la Profesa in the Temple of San Felipe Neri
    • It is one of the best known churches in the city, is a Catholic temple of baroque style that was built in the eighteenth century to house the Jesuit priests. Its Pinacoteca has 350 works painted on easel and distributed in four rooms and an annex of the choir of the temple.
  • Estanquillo Museum
    • It is a museum based on the collection of Carlos Monsiváis. You can find art in the broadest sense of the word; see the physical changes that the city has undergone and recognize popular urban art in everyday objects.
  • Mexican Museum of Design
    • It is a space of convergence for the art of design in all its aspects. From industrial, graphic, architectural or even fashion design, where in addition to inviting national talent to show themselves, international artists are also invited to express their vision of Mexico from their perspective.

Its original name was "1st Street of San Francisco." because this street was the site of the Franciscan convent that was once the largest in the Americas, and whose church can still be seen a few steps from the Torre Latinoamericana.

Madero Street also came to have the names of La Profesa by the temple that is also located on this street and Plateros by the viceregal decree that established that the Silver merchants should establish themselves on this street.

It was in August 2009 when it was conditioned in this way.

At first it was only closed on weekends to prevent cars from passing through.

However, during 2010, the street underwent a complete transformation. Since October of that year, the passage of cars was eliminated to make it 100% pedestrian.

It is 700 meters long and its ends are located between Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas and Plaza de la Constitucion.

The Gante Pedestrian Corridor, the Motolinia Pedestrian Corridor, Bolivar Street, Isabel la Católica Street and La Palma Street cross the Madero corridor.

On the morning of December 8, 1914, Pancho Villa brought a musical band to liven up the corner of Plateros and San José el Real (today Isabel La Católica).

Then he climbed a ladder and nailed a plaque in the white marble. It bore the name of Francisco I. Madero and he placed it as a tribute to the president who had been assassinated.

It is said that he threatened everyone, because whoever dared to remove it would be shot. We do not know if it was because of the threat or why, but the population quickly became fond of that name and that is how it was baptized.

Address: Av Francisco I. Madero 5, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Centro, CDMX

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