National University of Mexico

Av. Universidad 3000
San Angel, DF - Map It

AAA Editor Notes

National University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, or UNAM) spreads out s. of Av. Universidad and e. of Av. Insurgentes Sur (M: Copilco or Universidad, line 3). Covering some 800 acres, the complex is commonly referred to as University City (Ciudad Universitaria). The chief attractions for visitors are the mosaic murals decorating the exterior of the main campus buildings, most of which are concentrated just east of Insurgentes Sur. One of the most visually arresting is the Main Library (Biblioteca). This rectangular tower is covered with stone mosaic work, augmented in places by colored tiles. Near the library is the Administration Building (Rectoría), dominated by a huge David Alfaro Siqueiros mural that incorporates pieces of colored glass. A mosaic that includes a three-headed mask symbolizing Indian, Spanish and mestizo—the three peoples of Mexico—adorns one wall of the School of Medicine. The easiest way to get to the university is to take a taxi or line 3 of the Metro, getting off at one of the last two stops. City buses marked “Ciudad Universitaria” travel regularly down Avenida Insurgentes Sur and stop in front of the main complex of buildings. Weekends, when students are noticeably absent, are the best time to view the buildings.