LESSON 12 THIS IS MÉXICO
This park is to México City what Central Park is to New York. Onweekends and holidays city dwellers flock to its 2 100 acres to enjoy its greenery, zoo botanical garden, playgrounds, lovely drives, bridle paths, polo games or boating onone of several lakes. Band concerts are given on Sundays. Chapultepec is one of he oldest natural parks in the Western Hemisphere. Many of its trees are centuries oídand some stand 200 feet high. One of the oldest, the Tree of Moctezuma, is 44 feet in circumference. Near it is the monument to the young cadets who died defending thehil and castle in 1847. An interesting and exciting way to spend a couple of hours is to visit the gigantic and delightfui zoo, which is free, and where the animáisare kept in as natural a setting as possible.
SANTO DOMINGO PLAZA.
Just three bocks north of the Zócalo at República de Brasil St you will fínd the arcades whereprofessional rypists, letterwriters and artisans ply their trades. Facing the Plaza is the Santo Domingo Church, the first church established by the Dominicans inMéxico in 1526.
Located on the north side of the Zócalo, it is the largest church in Latin America and one of the largest ¡n the world. It was built onthe site of an earlier Christiah church which was completed ¡n 1525 and demolished in 1543 when the present structure was begun. The sanctuary which adjoins thecathedral was erected about 1750. The Museum of Religious Art, at the rear, houses many vessels, statues, brocades. chalices, etc. valued at more than 15 million dollars.