I’ve written about the city of Pachuca here before. A relatively small state capital a 2-hour drive away from Mexico City, it’s one of those places that knows it has touristic potential but hasn’t quite been able to market it. One thing they have managed to market however, is their city symbol, the literally-named Reloj Monumental.
Representative of the city’s cultural ties with England, given that many of the silver mines in the area employed miners from Cornwall, one of its big claims to fame is that the internal clockwork was made by the same company as Big Ben’s, so they’re blood brothers, so to speak.
Further English-ness comes in the local specialty which is a version of the Cornish pasty, influences of British architecture can be found in the city and nearby towns and it’s taken to call itself “the birthplace of Mexican soccer” as the miners founded one of the country’s first clubs here (although it’s most likely the actual first soccer match happened in a port of Veracruz not long after the miners disembarked on their new home).
Despite all the jolly ol’ Englishness, the architecture of the clock tower is more French as it was opened in 1910 for the Centennial of Mexico’s Independence and to be tres chic was the style at the time.