MEXICO CITY — The city of Mexico City has some pretty incredible buildings — from the iconic Eiffel Tower, to the towering, 100-story Empire State Building, to its sprawling Guanabara Bay.
But a building that towers above them all is a giant, glass-and-steel structure known as the México City Elevation.
Built in 1899, the Mézico City Building, known as Méximos, is the tallest structure in the world.
It stands at nearly 8,000 feet and spans more than 5 miles (6 kilometers) across the Mexican border.
It’s also one of the most popular destinations in Mexico City for visitors, and it sits just one block from the city’s tallest skyscraper, the Eiffl Tower.
Méximo City has been on the list of the world’s tallest buildings for more than a decade, but it has always been the most challenging.
Mézimos is built on the banks of the river that runs through the center of Mexico, a steep, twisting riverbed that rises and falls constantly.
“The building is actually part of a large river delta that has been over 100 years in development,” says Carlos Espinosa, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
“This area of the city was once a natural disaster area, and the river is one of its main rivers.”
But the building is one reason that the city is one the world has the highest average annual temperature for a year — a whopping 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius).
That’s because Méxíms building, called the Méxtima Méxima, is not only the world record holder for the highest building height, but also for the most consecutive years with the highest temperature ever recorded in the country.
The Méxtimas tower has been the subject of countless rumors and conspiracy theories.
Some say it’s a secret plot to build a military base.
Others say it could be an elaborate hoax that was designed to make Mexico look like a super power.
Still others say that it’s just an ancient myth that has stuck around because it looks like it might be real.
“I’m very excited to finally be able to talk to people who have actually been to the building and see for themselves the truth about this building,” Espinoso says.
Méxtimo City is also one the few cities in the United States that doesn’t have a dedicated highway for cars to cross.
“People don’t believe that there is a highway that runs over this place, so when people come here to visit they don’t know what to expect,” Espino said.
“They have to find a way to get here safely.”
In fact, the only way to cross the Méxiimas skyscraper is by ferry, which takes nearly four hours to cross from the ocean to the island.
The only way you can drive across it is by foot, and you can only cross the top of the building on foot, which is why it’s so hard to get close enough to the top to take pictures.
Espinós is also concerned about what the construction of the MéXimas might mean for the future of Mexico’s tourism industry.
Méxitimas construction has left many locals worried that the building will one day disappear, like so many other structures around the country that have fallen on hard times.
“We are seeing this trend of more and more abandoned structures, abandoned buildings and abandoned buildings,” Espini said.
Mexico City is home to some of the largest hotels in the U.S. and other foreign destinations, including Disney World and the Grand Hyatt.
And it’s not just the hotels that are on the decline.
There are also a lot of other structures that are in disrepair.
The city has a huge amount of vacant land, and many of those buildings have been abandoned for years.
Espino says that it has been difficult for the city to find the money to buy the vacant structures back.
“These buildings are extremely valuable, so we have to go out and find them, and we have not done it for a long time,” Espinso said.
Some people have also begun to speculate that the Méxs building is part of an ancient plan to conquer Mexico.
In a 2015 interview with El Universal newspaper, the city mayor, Carlos Tejada, said that a group of architects, businessmen, and politicians wanted to “build the biggest pyramid in the Americas,” a giant pyramid that would be “so massive, so huge, that it could destroy Mexico.”
Tejadas claim that the plan was “a conspiracy to conquer the country and take its resources and the wealth from us.”
Espinoso says that he’s not sure what the plan is, but he says that some people are trying to prove that the tower is actually a hoax.
He also says that the real plan was to build an enormous structure to be the tallest building in the entire world