Pan-American Highway, National Geographic Book: Cosmopolitan Contrasts Traditional Architecture in Monterrey

The most recognized symbol of Monterrey, Mexico is Cerro de la Silla, the saddle-backed mountain range. It is the backdrop behind the modern orange sculptural monument with laser beams, “Faro Del Comercio” or “Beacon of Commerce,” by sculpture Luis Barraz which contrasts Baroque style Cathedral of Monterrey, the traditional cathedral. Beyond the Macro Plaza, both colonial and contemporary architecture are found on the streets. The third largest city in Mexico, Monterrey is the capital of Nuevo Leon. It is an industrial and commercial city with cultural interests. It’s said that Monterrey faces more to the north and the United States than South to Latin America.