Music, Inspiration and Harmony

Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mexico City Downtown

This is a detail of Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) building. The building was constructed between 1904 and 1934.

The sculpture on the left side of the upper arch is dedicated to Music, it consists of a winged muse playing the violin and a man writing the notes of the music he hears. While the one on the right side is dedicated to Inspiration, is a muse with wings in a protective position whispering in the ear of another.

The main figure at the center of the building’s tympanum is Harmony, which represents the balance between positive and negative emotions.

Links of other photos of Palacio de Bellas Artes that I published in my blog:

Mexico City Downtown

B&W: Youth

Mexico City Downtown

Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) at left. Banco Nacional de Mexico (Mexico’s National Bank) at right, and Palacio Postal (Postal Palace) in the middle.


Mexico City Downtown

An eagle undulating through the air, devouring a serpent on top of a prickly pear,
nestled between the colors of hope, unity, and the sheded blood to reach sovereignity.
Meanwhile, people walks through downtown streets,
ignoring the recurring image of our homeland.

Daily promt: undulate

Templo de la Profesa

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I love the impressive detail of the carved stone at Templo de la Profesa. Amazing, isn’t it? Take a closer look:

Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown
Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown.

This Catholic church is commonly known as Templo de la Profesa, although its official name is Oratorio de San Felipe Neri (Oratory of Saint Philip Nery). It is a baroque style building (inside is neoclassic), designed and constructed by Pedro de Arrieta between 1714 and 1720, and financed by the Marquis de Villapuente de la Peña and his wife the Marchioness de las Torres de Rada.

It originally belonged to the Society of Jesus, and in those days it was named Templo de San José el Real, but in 1767 with the expulsion of that religious congregation from the Spanish domains, The Profesa Temple was given to the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Nery.

It was constructed with quarry and tezontle, this last is a volcanic stone of red color, porous and resistant, which was commonly used in the construction of various Colonial buildings located at Mexico City’s Downtown.

Inside there is a collection of paintings and figures that were made by renowned artists like Manuel Tolsá, Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa and Miguel Cabrera.

Location: Isabel La Católica 21, Colonia Centro (Mexico City Downtown)

Other photos of a building made with Tezontle:

Tezontle at a side entrance of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral

Cathedral of Mexico City Front view where you can see the red tezontle at some walls at right side.


Cathedral of Mexico City: Front view

Cathedral of Mexico City

The Cathedral is located at the main square of Mexico City Downtown.

Its measures are 7,000 square meters of construction, 59 meters width, 128 meters length, 68 meters heigth.

It has 5 naves, 14 lateral chapels, a churrigueresque altar called Altar of the Kings, and two monumental organs.

The construction of the Cathedral started in 1571 and it was finished until 1813.

For a closer look to see the impressive carved stone work of the facade click on this link

For another photo of a carved lateral door click on this link

B&W: Mexico City Downtown: Palacio de Minería.

Mexico City Downtown.
Mexico City Downtown.

The Palacio de Minería building was constructed between 1797 and 1811, by architect Manuel Tolsá, commissioned by the Real Seminario de Minas (Royal Seminar of Mines).

Its architecture is neoclassic with details of Roman baroque

Photo for Monochrome Thursday. Do you want to join?

Palace of Iturbide Door

Door of the Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City downtown.
Door of the Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City downtown.

Mexico City downtown
Mexico City downtown

Mexico City downtown
Mexico City downtown

Mexico City downtown
Mexico City downtown

Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City dowtown.
Palace of Iturbide. Mexico City dowtown.

“Palacio de Iturbide” (Palace of Iturbide) was the only palatial residence that was built on four levels during the colonial times. It has a baroque style, and it was constructed with the traditional combination of quarry and red volcanic rock that characterize downtown buildings of that dates.

The work was commissioned to the architect Francisco Guerrero y Torres, who worked between 1779 and 1785.

It is considered a masterpiece of civil architecture of that period.

This is my entry for thrusday doors at Norm’s blog.

Look Up

Mexico City
Mexico City Downtown

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

Mexico City Downtown. Tacuba Street
Mexico City Downtown. Tacuba Street. Mexico Bank Building (1905 architecture)

Monochrome Thursday Bi-weekly

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Mexico City
Mexico City