Photo Aníbal Barco
The Palacio de Bellas Artes
The imposing, white-domed wedding cake now known as the Palacio de Bellas Artes was originally planned as a National Theatre in 1904. The Mexican Revolution postponed its completion until 1934, explaining the stark contrast between its creamy, Beaux Arts exterior (note amazing iron- and stonework with local motifs like serpents, agave cacti, and pre-Columbian warriors) and the art deco inspired interior, finished in black and red native marbles, whose walls feature dazzling murals by Rivera, Siqueiros, and other post-revolutionary masters. Today the beloved structure is home to a concert hall, an art museum given over to blockbuster shows, and Mexico’s National Architecture Museum; take an auditorium tour—or better yet, see a performance—to lay eyes on the theatre’s magnificent Tiffany glass fire-curtain, a mosaic formed (they say) by over one million separate glass components.
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