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Coolest Olympic Stadiums

Coolest Olympic Stadiums: Central University City Campus of the UNAM, Mexico

David Valencia

University Olympic Stadium
1968 Olympics, Mexico City

The thin air in the stadium—located 7,349 feet above sea level—was an initial concern among athletes, but was then credited with aiding the record-setting and a soaring gold-medal leap by U.S. long jumper Bob Beamon. Built in the 1950s on a lake of solid lava, the Olympic Stadium, along with the entire Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it represents “20th-century modernism integrating urbanism, architecture, engineering and landscape design.”

Nowadays: Discover murals by Mexican artists Diego Rivera (University Stadium), David Alfaro Siqueiros (Rectorate Tower), Juan O’Gorman (Central Library), and Francisco Eppens (Medical School) on a walking tour through the university.

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