Palacio Bellas Artes
Mexico City’s Jewel
This morning dawned bright in Mexico City. All over the Alameda Central area as well at Centro Historico there are 1000s of police as 10s of 1000s of demonstrators are expected on the main thoroughfare Juarez starting at 10am.
Right in the center of the route, the grand Palacio de Bellas Artes shines as the sun hits its multicolored dome. Built in 1936, it is the center for the arts in DF and all the nation. This grand place was intigated by Porfirio Diaz and is sometimes called Porfiriano–he had a thing for building grand places.
Out front at Porfiriano right now is the giant Louise Bourgeois spider sculpture, Maman (Mother)–the thing seems larger than its 30 ft and is a bit scary- especially at night. Inside is a disdlay of his other work.
Along the Alameda Central Park
All along the park (which is delightful place to stroll provided it is not demonstration day) are sites which are a significant part of the Mexcio City scene. We often stay in this area at the Hotel Metropol or Hotel Marlowe because they are so convenient to this park.
There is the Teatro Hidalgo, home to many cultural events. And the Casa Azulejos- covered with tile it makes one think of Puebla City. And the Torre Latinoamericana, built with deep pilons to be earthquake proof, since 1956 has been the icon of the Centro Historico.
One of my favorites if the Post Office building. The early 20th century palace had the same architect as the original for the Palcio de Bellas Artes, Adamo Boari.