The Unique Design of the Palacio de Bellas Artes

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The Palacio de Bellas Artes was built on the site of the original National Theatre to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain. It became known as the greatest house of culture in Mexico. 

Construction began in the 1900s but issues with the soft subsoil and ongoing political unrest during the Mexican Revolution meant that it wasn’t actually finished until 1934.

The building is made up of a mixture of design styles. The outside is mostly Neoclassical and Art Nouveau and the interior is Art Deco.  

In front of the main entrance you can see statues of Pegasus, the mythical flying horse.

The Sala Principal, or main stage, inside the Cathedral has a one-of-a-kind stage curtain made by Tiffany’s in New York.  

It’s made up of over a million pieces of stained glass and weighs over twenty four tons - imagine lifting that!

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