La Torre de Chapultepec

I previously posted about the castle that sits up on a hill in the middle of Mexico City. Among the many attractions of Chapultepec Castle are the lovely gardens in one of the open patios. This is the tower that at one time served as an observatory and also a lookout point for invading armies. The castle and tower played a pivotal role in the Mexican-American War of 1847. Among the legendary military men who fought here were Gen. Santa Anna on the Mexican side and many future U.S. generals, notably Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Now it is a beautiful museum. As I wandered the lovely serene gardens, I found it difficult to believe that at one time soldiers were killing each other among the grounds where I was now walking.

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