The house of Leon Trotsky in Coyoacán

The house of Leon Trotsky in Coyoacán

Further on from the museum home of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Coyoacán is that of Kahlo’s onetime lover, Marxist Leon Trotsky. One of the seminal figures in twentieth century Russian thought and politics, Trotsky lived in Coyoacan in exile for the last decade of his life before his assassination at home. The assassin, sent by Stalin, buried the pick of an ice axe in Trotsky’s head while he read a newspaper. Trotsky didn’t die instantly and fought ferociously with his attacker before his bodyguards interceded. After preventing them from killing the murderer, Trotsky later died in hospital, as one of the most prominent figures of the century. You can see his home left as it was at the time of his death, including the axe that killed him, before wandering the fine art and craft markets of Coyoacan, a brillant suburb to explore Mexico City’s art and history

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