Palace Of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) Mexico City

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Palace Of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
The elaborate Palace of Fine Arts is one of Mexico cities most impressive cultural gems which houses several stunning murals and regularly has art exhibitions as well as hosting music and theatrical performances.

This unique building first began construction in 1904 by Italian architect Adamo Boari, however problems with the build combined with the Mexican revolution hindered progress and construction was halted. In 1932 building work on the palace began again this time under Mexican architect Federico Mariscal and this time was successfully completed two years later.

The exterior of the building is a superb blend of Art Nouveau and Neoclassical stylings, containing white marble columns, many statues and carvings. The interior also features several marble columns and pillars with various sculptures, motifs and Aztec mascaron's as well as several impressive murals, including those by Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.

Another truly unique highlight is within the theatre which contains a Tiffany stained glass stage curtain, which is the only one of its kind and upon which are the images of Mexican volcano's Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl.

Alameda Central Park
Located in front of the Palace of Fine Arts is the symmetrical and well kept Alameda Central Park which was originally the creation of Viceroy Luis de Velasco back in 1592 and which sits magnificently in this urban scene.

The park contains a network of paved paths and includes five elaborate fountains, several statues, a large monument dedicated to Beethoven that is fittingly positioned close to the entrance of the palace and a large curved white monument to Benito Juarez which was designed by Guillermo Heredia and built in 1905.

The Palace Of Fine Arts is located less than half a mile west of Zocalo and the Metropolitan Cathedral in the Centro Historico area of the city.

Travel Guide
There are plenty of travel options available with the Metro Bellas Artes Linea 8 and bus stations located very close to the Palace entrance.