Where in the world is this weird traffic circle?
February 2, 2011 7:55 PM   Subscribe

Where is this traffic circle? I saw it in one of those ambient videos of scenes from around the world, but I couldn't figure out where it was from.

Further information (not sure if this is clear from the photo): the cars in the video are definitely driving on the right side of the road, but there's some sort of weird traffic pattern where the cars coming from the left side of the screen actually go around the circle in both directions, joining up again on the right. The statue on the column in the middle is some kind of winged figure, maybe Pegasus? And the building in the background has the words "American Express" across the top (cut off in the photo).
posted by albrecht to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total)
Columbus Circle NYC.
posted by dfriedman at 7:58 PM on February 2, 2011

Best answer: Mexico City!
posted by arveale at 7:59 PM on February 2, 2011

Wait, scratch that....
posted by dfriedman at 7:59 PM on February 2, 2011

Best answer: Here.
posted by arveale at 8:00 PM on February 2, 2011

Response by poster: That's it! Thanks!
posted by albrecht at 8:06 PM on February 2, 2011

Yup. Arveale has it. It's the Ángel de la Independencia in Mexico City. I work in the building that says American Express. AmEx used to occupy the top few floors and have a customer service store on the ground level, but they moved out about a year ago and the signage is changing. The traffic does indeed go both ways around the circle. It's really complicated, but after studying it for five years I basically get how it's *supposed* to work. Let me know either here or via MeMail me if you want to know anything further.
posted by donpedro at 9:18 PM on February 2, 2011

In case you're curious, that shot was apparently taken from the Sheraton María Isabel Hotel.
posted by donpedro at 9:24 PM on February 2, 2011

I had never noticed this before, but el Ángel looks a lot like Victoria, the statue on the Berlin Victory Column.
posted by norm at 7:38 AM on February 3, 2011

@dfriedman: It does look like Columbus Circle, but it isn't.
posted by darkgroove at 12:05 PM on February 6, 2011

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