Photo Essay: A Day at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

by Ekua on July 27, 2011 in captured on memory card,Mexico

Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes looks the way a palace of fine arts should look, beautifully and intricately carved out of marble. And then you look up at the practically neon yellow and orange colored roof. It seems like an unlikely and flamboyant topper to the stately marble. But it somehow works. It makes sense for Mexico City.

After beginning my Mexico trip with a jam-packed schedule, I decided that it was time to take it easy in Centro. I spent a leisurely day in and around the Palacio de Bellas Artes appreciating  its visual offerings:

A Pegasus and angel sculpture outside the Palacio.

An awesome bench that I came across last year in a different location.

A woman pauses to observe a figure in the sculpture garden.

Look at those hands!

Inside of the Palacio, some of the walls are covered with paintings by some of Mexico’s most celebrated muralists. This one is by Rufino Tamayo.

Diego Rivera’s “Man, Controller of the Universe”.

I loved this mural by Jorge Gonzalez Camarena. The colors and the details were incredible, I could’ve sat and looked at it for hours.

Part of a three part mural by David Alfara Siqueiros, “La Neuva Democracia”.

Another part of the Siqueiros mural.

There’s a fancy Sears across the street from the Palacio. I went up to the top of it to get a nice view of the Palacio, and saw that several others were doing exactly the same thing. I eventually went to the second to last highest floor where they conveniently have a cafe that overlooks the Palacio and Mexico City.

That wonderful, colorful rooftop.

The view of the Latin America Tower from Sears. Even though Sears is surprisingly fancy in Mexico City, my view was the poor man’s Mexico City vista. You can pay to go to the top of this tower and see a broader range of the city.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures July 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Love X 10000!!!!! These pics are making me have total wanderlust for MC.

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Globetrottergirls July 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Love these photos! Wish we had known about the Sears opposite the Palacio when we were in Mexico City – that’s the perfect spot to take pictures of it!! We went on top of the Torre Latinoamericano twice – once during the day and once at night and it was worth paying for it – stunning views.

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Ekua July 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

Yup, the Latin America tower is on my list of things to do next time in the DF. Walked into the tower, but didn’t have the time to go up because I’d spent too much time at Sears! With this year’s and last year’s trips combined, I’ve done so much in Mexico City but it’s amazing how much more there is to do there.

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