Mexico As It Is; Being Notes Of A Recent Tour In That Country. With Some Practical Information For…

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byAlbert Zabriskie Gray

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1878 Excerpt: ... THE environs of the city of Mexico may be said to equal, if not to exceed in interest, the city itself. There is an almost monotonous regularity about the latter, much relieved, however, by the beautiful parks, the markets, and such delightful old squares as, e. g., that of the Inquisition, where the flavor of the cruel yet creamy past becomes absolutely intense; where one finds all sorts of antique odds and ends exposed for sale under the arcades, and you enter the picturesque church and find idolatry to your heart's content, (we speak to those zealous souls who are so easily made happy by the detection of undueness in their neighbor's worship!). We must with sadness admit that what we witnessed in the dim old church of the Inquisition was very gross--grosser than anything we remember to have seen in the older world. Life-size representations of the Saviour, seated, and revoltingly wounded, and also as dead from the Cross, met one in the nave; and all about the walls there was a profusion of the tawdriest decoration. But enough of this, in all pity! Let us start out on this lovely Spring afternoon, (in February!) for a drive to Chapultepec, and pray do not be so intensely patriotic as to think at once of Gen. Scott and his yesterday victories over a half-caste and degenerate people; but lift your soul to the romantic level of Montezuma and his barbaric glory. It is not a long drive--some four or five miles--but far enough to make it very unsafe at certain times. The avenues are very fine in every direction from the city, well-paved, and planted with trees, the newest and handsomest towards Chapultepec being called after the unhappy Empress Carlotta, to whom, as to her imperial husband, so many of the improvements in and about the city are due. But, we repe...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1878 Excerpt: ... THE environs of the city of Mexico may be said to equal, if not to exceed in interest, the city itself. There is an almost monot...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217514863

ISBN - 13:9780217514866

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