The ground surrounding the Independence Monument, Mexico City’s icon, is slowly sinking. Also known as the Angel Statue or Angel of Independence it originally had no steps when it was built in 1910. They have been added as needed throughout the years to compensate for the receding land on which it sits.
The Angel is located on the Paseo de la Reforma the city center’s main thoroughfare. Created by Antonio Rivas Mercado to commemorate the War of Independence and its heroes she is the symbol of the city.
Here is a tip: Reforma is closed to traffic on Sundays for most of the day. Joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and Sunday strollers give it a park like atmosphere. If you are lucky you may catch the bizarre sight of pairs of police officers rolling by on Segways.
The only downside to Reforma being closed to vehicles is that traffic in the vicinity moves at a slow crawl. But in a city that is infamous for its traffic as always I recommend taking the metro.