- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert tip:
Awful lot of concrete and strung-out people.
- A busy public space dating back to 1886, this square is right in the middle of downtown. Once filled with lampposts, palm trees and a central fountain, and rather reminiscent of San Francisco's Union Square, this five-acre area was re-invented by architect Ricardo Legorreta in 1984 to acclimate it to its transformed surroundings. The park has since been stripped of its grass and trees and is now dominated by a 120-foot high purple campanile (tower), a Legorreta favorite. The park is also full of Californian symbols, the most prominent of which is a fake fault line that runs from one corner of the park to the other.
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