Museo Nacional de Antropología.
Museo Nacional de Antropología opened its doors in 1968. This is one of the best museums of its type. The entrance to the museum is decorated with a giant figure of the Aztec god of rain Tlaloc. The weight of the figure is nearly 200 tons. Archaeological finds occupy 11 halls of the museum. Here visitors will get an idea how ancient civilizations that existed in the territory of modern Mexico lived. The cafeteria of the museum deserves a special attention. It often hosts live music performances, during which musicians use replicas of prehistoric musical instruments.
Palace of Fine Arts.
The construction of the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) was started in 1904. The palace was built on the ruins of the Monastery of Santa Isabel. According to the plan, the grand opening of the palace was to be held on the day of the 100th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain. However, the project, led by the Italian architect Adamo Boari, faced serious difficulties due to instability of the soil on the site. Time passed, the revolution started, and the building of the palace was finished only in 1934. At that time, the project was headed by the architect Federico Mariscal. Therefore, there’s nothing surprising that the marble facade of the building, made as a combination of the neoclassical style and Art Nouveau, contrasts with interior that is made in the art deco style. Fans of art will be definitely not disappointed by murals made by Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco, Tamayo and Montenegro. The glass curtain by Tiffany also deserves a special attention. The curtain is made of almost a million parts. Modern Mexican landscape painter Dr. Atl used them as a canvas and drew volcanoes of Mexico on the curtain.
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