"Palacio de Bellas Artes"
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Palacio de Bellas Artes ("Palace of Fine Arts") is the premier opera house of Mexico City. The building is famous for both its extravagant Beaux Arts exterior in imported Italian Carrara white marble and its murals by Diego Rivera[1|1], Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco.
During the late 19th century and going into the first years of the 20th century, during Porfirio Díaz's 30-year rule of Mexico, there was a marked tendency to imitate European art, styles and customs. Following this tendency, a plan for a new Teatro Nacional (National Theater) was laid out and construction of a new building began on October 1, 1904. The plans were drawn up by the Italian architect Adamo Boari, who also designed at the same time the Palacio de Correos de Mexico, across the street, using state-of-the-art technology as was common in European theatres.
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