Monday, July 01, 2013

Nov 2012: Prowling around the Presidential Palace in Mexico City

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I pop into the Presidential Palace in Zocalo, got myself scanned. That brass plaque behind the scanner is a list of various departments and the rooms where they can be found. Bit difficult to move them, eh?

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It was ridiculously easy to pop security worth a peep. Surprising, this palace has been the site of the rulers of Mexico since the Aztec Empire…this building itself was made from the materials of the palace belonging to Moctezuma!

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Then I turn right and see these stairs which show the massive mural painted by Diego Rivera, depicting the history of Mexico from 1521 to 1930. Its in 3 parts. The right hand side is the part which describes the pre Hispanic Mexico, the left hand side is for the early 20th Century while the centre piece relates to the Spanish Conquest.

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The right hand side, the pre Hispanic story on the left pic, and the right pic shows modern Mexico

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This mural is amazing, fascinating. Somebody can spend hours and days just gazing at this. What vision! what broad sweep of history.

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An exhibition is being held on the first floor, so pop in

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A row of names..

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Names of various Mexicans..

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Some of the artwork is interesting. A wing carrying away a man?

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this spoke to me…lovely face…very dignified

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Some kind of contemporary art exhibition

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I saw the work done by this chap in front of the Museum of Anthropology, nice ones.

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That is one very uncomfortable position.

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and no, dont like the face

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now I like this

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This did draw my eyes, quite an interesting sculpture, eh?

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Another view of the Mexican totem.

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Ancient stuff, Juarez times?

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Cash registers and a typewriter?

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Some worthy’s room.., i love the secretary desk..

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the statue of Diana which is on the Place de Revolution..nice

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An Elephant Turk carved to an inch of its life

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Couple of highly decorated vases

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A piano…made in London, no less

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Not sure what this was showing…

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A triptych, looks of Eastern Orthodox origin…

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I pop out

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The Pegasus fountain in the middle..

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More beautiful murals, these are extraordinary, telling the story of Mexico.  photo 418-IMG_1760_zps7b3729f9.jpg 

Is this showing the members of the Constituent Assembly of 1887?

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The Mexican Flag

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Another Juarez plaque

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Walking the lovely long cool corridors

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the exhibit to Juarez’s exhibition was closed.

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Pegasus again

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I am back at the entrance

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And Pegasus again

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Heading out back

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What a lovely building, just look at the vaulted roof

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And we are at the end…the familiar cactus plant…and I exit behind this plant into the open..

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