Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes is an oft-photographed landmark, and it's not hard to see why; the building is opulent and eye-catching with its Art Nouveau and Neoclassical influences, the literal crown of which is a stunning iron and glass roof capping the palace's main hall.
On the inside, expect still more architectural finery, including loads of Art Deco details, among them, the stylized fonts over the box office. And don't miss the glass curtain on the stage in the theater; made of more than one million pieces of Tiffany glass, it is the only such curtain in the whole world and depicts Mexican motifs.
Today, the palace serves as a fine arts museum and performing arts venue.
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Art Deco rules Palacio de bellas Artes
The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico city was an unexpected surprise for me. I really had not done any research or seen any images before I showed up.
The outside facade is mostly in the Art Nouveau style, while the interior (which houses incredible murals by Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros) is primarily art deco. I was just as impressed with the mini sculptures of Chaac on the light panels. The attention to detail was incredible.
Photography is really not allowed (unless you pay for a press pass), but I snuck one in anyway.