The Unique Design of the Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Palace of Fine Arts Dome, Mexico City (2018-11-05) by CyArkCyArk

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. 

Panoramic view of the Palace of Fine ArtsGustavo Casasola Collection

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.

Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts (2018) by CyArkCyArk

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.  

Pegasus statue at Palacio de Bellas ArtesCyArk

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

The theater in Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts (2018) by CyArkCyArk

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

Documenting the Palacio de Bellas Artes by CyArkCyArk

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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