The Palace of Fine Arts is nestled in the heart of Mexico City, right beside the Alameda Central Park and about 10 blocks from the Zocalo. Here are some reasons why it’s a truly amazing place.
1. It’s an Artistic Monument by the UNESCO and was open in 1934 and was planned by Porfirio Diaz in the last part of his presidentship.
2. The curtain weights 24 tons and was made by Tiffany’s in New York. It has an image of the two volcanoes in the surroundings of Mexico City, Popocatepetl and Iztacihuatl.
3. Maria Callas performed Norma in 1950, plus Aida. Both performances were recorded and are treasured by the fans of the immortal singer. Maria Callas only performed Rigoletto twice in her life, both in this stage.
4. The whole facade is built with Carrara marble. The architect Adamo Boari was the head of the project.
5. Inside the Palace, there are several murals of the Mexican finest artists including David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco.
6. There are two museums within this place in Mexico City, the Fine Arts Palace Museum and the National Architecture Museum.
7. There are several legends within the Palace, including the Violinist. Several workers had heard a violin being played in the main stage during the nights, when it’s closed.
8. Many artists had performed in this stage, including Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, several philarmonic orchestras and even popular Mexican artists such as Lola Beltran or Juan Gabriel.
9. The Palace of Fine Arts is home of the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Theater Company and the National Dance Company.
10. The whole surrounding area. The Palace is the perfect building to frame the nearby structures. Beside is the Alameda Central, a beautiful park. Across the street are the Postal Palace and the Banco de Mexico offices, the Mexican Central Bank. If you want a great picture, take a tour to the viewpoint at the Torre Latinoamericana and see from above this impressive building.
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