Mexico City’s elegant Palacio de Bellas Artes

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One of Mexico City’s most beautiful buildings is the Palacio de Bellas Artes, near the Alameda Central Park.

Construction began in 1905 but complications arose due to the soft spongy soil and it wasn’t until 1934 that the building was finally inaugurated as a cultural and fine arts centre. The art-deco style interior contrasts with the neoclassical and art nouveau style of the exterior. On the upper floors are large murals by world-famous Mexican artists, including Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The theatre is also a masterpiece, with a stained-glass “curtain” made by Tiffany’s depicting the two volcanoes in the Valle de México.

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