"Cabeza felina, único testigo de la peor inundación de México"
"The lion’s head; the only witness to the worst flood in Mexico City"

Title

"Cabeza felina, único testigo de la peor inundación de México"
"The lion’s head; the only witness to the worst flood in Mexico City"

Description

In September 1629, a horrific flood completely destroyed Mexico City, leaving virtually nothing intact in this important Spanish colonial capital. This illustration, which accompanied a news article from 2018, shows a seemingly unique exception: among the streets of the historic center of Mexico City, this head of a lion worked in stone, has been in the same corner uninterrupted for more than 450 years. The day that the city flooded this sculpture witnessed the disaster and for the next five years, during which the old city was continuously under water, this sculpture was the mark used to indicate the water levels.

Creator

Bernandino Hernandez

Source

AP News via apnews.com

Date

26 03 2018

Contributor

Juan Borrego Ramirez

Format

Still image

Type

Photograph

Coverage

1450-1700

Files

lion flood 1629.jpg

Citation

Bernandino Hernandez, “"Cabeza felina, único testigo de la peor inundación de México"
"The lion’s head; the only witness to the worst flood in Mexico City"
,” Disaster History Archive, accessed November 20, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/73.

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