Inside Palacio de Bella Artes, you will find the grandest arts in Mexico City, or perhaps, the whole country. Its lavishly-ornamented facade combines Neo-classical and Art Noveau.
Murals and paintings that were created by Mexico’s finest artists like Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and more are the most visible here.
From the outside, you’ll never find a building as beautiful as this all over Mexico. Its iconic colored dome has graced thousands of tourism promotion brochures, books, and travel blogs.
You can’t just look at it from outside and admire its marbled facade. You’ve got to go inside and discover the beauty that’s hiding there!
As soon as you enter, the grand staircase and the high ceiling will blow your mind away. Stop before you climb those stairs. Turn around in 360-degrees and then lookup.
Embrace the interior’s art-deco beauty of this structure.
Then take the staircase slowly and feel like you’re going to some kind of event exclusive for the rich and famous. As you dramatically reach the top floor, a buffet of murals reveals like they’ve been waiting for you for so long.
It’s overwhelming to see them at first glance. Should you start on your right or on your left? Take a deep breath, be at ease and follow where your feet leads you.
The sizes of the murals are overwhelmingly extensive. If you want to see its entirety, you have to walk to the opposite side. Yes, you can see all its width but with some obstructions from the other tourists. So, it’s better to come really early in the morning if you want to have a moment with these incredible works of art!
Perhaps, the most photographed or viewed here is Diego Rivera’s, “Man, Controller of the Universe.” This mural is also known as “Man at the Crossroads.”
Another work done by Diego Rivera is the “Carnival of Mexican Life.”
David Alfara Sequiro’s “New Democracy” is equally brilliant on its own.
The “Catharsis” by Jose Clemente Orozco is chilling to the core.
The “Liberacio La Humanidad se liberal de la miseria” (Humanity is released from misery) by Jorge Gonzalez Camarena is another thought-provoking piece that will leave you speechless.
There are so many more to see inside this amazing cultural building that also houses the National Theater and the National Museum of Architecture. We wanted to see a performance that night at the theater but we were told there was no show that day. We left heartbroken. 🙁
Where to Stay in Mexico City
My friend and I stayed at NH Collection Mexico City Reforma in Zona Rosa. We love this area because it is close to bars, restaurants, groceries, shops, public transport, and some interesting places to see. Police officers are ubiquitous in this area, too. The hotel itself is nice and we were given a room with a good view. We can see the Angel of Independence Statue from our room. It takes about 40 minutes on foot to the historic downtown. The staff can also arrange a tour for you if that’s your kind of thing, including going to the Teotihuacan Pyramids. You can book hotels and hostels via Booking, Expedia, , and HostelWorld.