Visit the Palace of Fine Arts

Visit the Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts Museum

Palacio de Bellas Artes, located in the center of Mexico City, is one of the most important cultural venues in the Spanish-speaking world. This art nouveau building, which houses concert halls, museums and murals of the great Mexican masters, has witnessed the political and social changes of the last 120 years in Mexico, which in turn can be glimpsed in its complex history. In addition, thanks to its spectacular architecture, the Palacio de Bellas Artes has been an icon of the urban landscape of Mexico City for more than 80 years.


Between 1904 and 1912, the foundations and the facade of the building were built, marked by the famous art nouveau style, which reached its maximum splendor in the United States and Europe between 1890 and 1910. For the structure of the enclosure, Boari used concrete and steel, a novel technique for the time, and covered the entire structure with marble. The Italian architect also commissioned the famous marble sculptures on the façade from the sculptors Leonardo Bistolfi and André-Joseph Allar.

Although the Palacio de Bellas Artes stands out for its strong European influence, its final design incorporates elements from the imagery of the Mayan and Mexican cultures. The bronze sculptures on the dome are the work of the Hungarian sculptor Géza Maróti. In his piece, four women represent four theatrical genres - drama, lyrical drama, comedy and tragedy - and above them we find a national symbol: an eagle devouring a snake.

When taking the reins of the project, Federico Mariscal modified the plans of the original interior decoration and adopted an art deco aesthetic, incorporating different materials such as onyx. Among the blacksmith details we find representations of Chaac and Tláloc, gods of rain in the Mayan and Mexica cultures respectively, who are complemented by the waterfall lights and fountain-shaped lamps inside. In addition, on the arches of the side doors we can find an eagle warrior and a jaguar warrior.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Location: Av. Juárez S / N, Historic Center of the Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Mexico City, CDMX.

Cost: $ 75 pesos (Sundays admission is free).

For more information visit: https: //palacio.inba.gob.mx

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