October to December 2005
Mexico City is an entrancing cultural grab-bag. A benefit of dictatorships is the architectural legacy of monomania they sometimes leave behind. The Palacio de las Bellas Artes was erected by Porfirio Diaz, who ruled the country for thirtyfour years from 1876. Its façade is classic revival, but the interior is a triumphant display of art deco, including huge, dynamic murals.