Faro Carranza

Veracruz City

Facing the waterfront on the malecón, this early 20th century building holds a lighthouse and navy offices guarded by a large statue of Venustiano Carranza. It was here that the 1917 Mexican Constitution was drafted. Every Monday at 8am members of the Mexican navy go through an elaborate flag raising parade in front of the building.

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1. Statue of Venustiano Carranza

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A larger-than-life statue of former president, independence-era hero and local boy, Venustiano Carranza, stands guard outside the Faro Carranza.

3. Pemex Building

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This piece of modern architecture with an evening light show that divides opinions is the centre of the Veracruz oil industry. It's not open to the public.

4. Altar a la Patria

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5. Statue of Alexander Von Humboldt

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6. Museo Histórico Naval


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7. Centro Cultural La Atarazana

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