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I took this picture of the beautiful roof of the "Palacio de Bellas Artes" when I was on top of the Torre Latinoamerica from which you have a fantastic 360° view on Mexico City and where you can observe the 2 famous volcanoes (Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhualtl) when they are not hidden by pollution and clouds.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes ("Palace of Fine Arts") was designed by the Italian architect Adamo Boari in 1901 but construction was not completed until 1934, in a spectacular art deco interiors, and for the majestic Art Nouveau exterior. The weight of the building is so massive that it has been sinking a few centimeters yearly since the completion of its construction.

The construction site was chosen by President Porfirio Díaz beacause it was located in downtown, on an elegant park promenade, and face to face with the tallest buildings in the city from the early 1920´s to the late 1930´s. The building is famous for both its extravagant Art Nouveau exterior in imported Italian white marble as well as its murals by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco.

The theater is used for classical music, opera and dance, notably the Ballet Folklórico. Maria Callas sang in several productions at the Palacio early in her career, and recordings exist of several of her performances here.

The Palacio has two museums: the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Arquitectura. Metro Bellas Artes is located alongside.

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Additional Photos by Emmanuelle Combaud (Emmie76) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 264 W: 55 N: 290] (2009)
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