UNAM campus ranked most beautiful in Latin America

The University campus center was named Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 2007
UNAM campus ranked most beautiful in Latin America
Students participating in a dance contest at UNAM's esplanade in 2017 - Photo: Diego Simón Sánchez/EL UNIVERSAL
12/06/2018
18:52
Mexico City
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Ciudad Universitaria, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)’s campus in Mexico City was ranked as the most beautiful in Latin America, due to its architecture as well as the cultural richness of each of its buildings, according to Times Higher Education.

The weekly British education journal published the ranking last week, explaining that UNAM’s campus is a whole city of its own, where different elements, atmospheres, and attitudes converge; Its center was named Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 2007. Another important factor was the presence of murals by some of Mexico’s most important artists, such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Juan O’Gorman, “in which the history of Mexico is portrayed,” the journal stated.

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One of UNAM's most famous murals, by David Alfaro Siqueiros. Photo: Alex Cruz/EFE

It also mentioned the beauty of its Central Library, the Botanical Garden, and the protected ecological areas surrounding it.

In a public statement, UNAM pointed out that Ciudad Universitaria has over 50 buildings spread across a land of over 436 acres. It was built between 1949 and 1952 with the participation of over 60 architects, engineers, and artists.

“The result was a monumental complex which encompasses urban design, architecture, engineering, landscaping, and the fine arts, all associated with local tradition and Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past,” the publication claims.

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A panoramic view of Ciudad Universitaria in 1952. Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

The British journal’s ranking placed the Federico Santa María Technical University of Valparaíso in second place. The Chilean campus was designed by Josué Smith Solar, a well-known architect from the 20th century. The third spot was for another Chilean institution: The Diego Portales University, located in Santiago’s Historical Center.

There were two more Mexican universities on the list: The University of Guanajuato, located in the state capital, came in fourth place due to its beautiful colonial and neoclassical buildings, and the University of Guadalajara, which came in fifth place thanks to its colonial rectory and neoclassical library, a former chapel from the 16th century.

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