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A rich Art Nouveau facade offset by an opulent Art Deco interior characterizes the grandeur of one of Mexico City's most notable cultural landmarks, the Palace of Fine Arts. Radiant in its Carrara marble facade that glints under the sun, the building's resplendent dome is its zenith, a crystal-hewn structure that dazzles in ombre shades of yellow and orange. The building, built partly by architects Adamo Boari and Federico Mariscal, was envisioned as a celebratory landmark to commemorate the centenary of the Mexican War of Independence. Though plans for the building were laid as early as 1904, its construction ceased abruptly in 1913, owing to political and structural impediments. The building's construction was suspended for 20 years, only to begin again in 1932. This time, Federico Mariscal undertook the task and completed the building's construction in 1934. Since then, this revered landmark has been Mexico City's cultural nerve, having hosted everything from opera and dance to music, literature and art events in its seasoned span. Its mural-clad walls are home to the National Theater, the National Museum of Architecture and the National Institute of Fine Arts.
This popular hang out spot for the youth of Mexico City has in the past years truly made a name for itself as being one of the best places to catch a live show. Often you will find rock bands, pop groups here performing for a crowd of screaming fans. Besides live music, the establishment also has a recording studio and hosts several events including workshops, book clubs and community service projects. Check their website for upcoming events, their box office is open M-F from noon to 5p.
With a capacity to hold 26,000 screaming fans, the Estadio Foro Sol stands tall and proud in Mexico City. It is home to the AAA Mexico City Red Devils, and you can catch several baseball games here. A recently built arena with state-of-the-art facilities and a striped synthetic turf field add to the overall experience. Music concerts and other performances are hosted by Foro Sol too. Book your seats before they are all sold out!
Inspired by pre-Hispanic lines and architecture and using volcanic rock, Diego Rivera conceived and designed Anahuacalli (house in the valley), which opened in 1964. Thousands of objects are exhibited, many of them pottery or colored stone figures symbolizing water and air deities of these civilizations. The objects formed part of Rivera's personal collection of pre-Columbian art that he donated to the Mexican people. Every November an altar is erected here during Latin America's largest alms to the dead.
Catch the best of the seasons classical and contemporary concerts at the city's very own Sala Nezahualcóyotl. From the very moment you step inside the hall, you will be impressed with the magnificent utilization of space, the seats giving the utmost comfort, the clear view of the stage from absolutely anywhere in the hall and the state-of-the-art sound surround system. Come to Sala Nezahualcóyotl and get a dose of cultural extravaganza.