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by Andie G
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
November 3, 2010
Mexico city, Mexico
May 20, 2006
This is a heavy thing, so heavy with Italian Carrara marble that this colossal building is sinking!!!The architect had a great, grandiose idea, but it was too much for the terrain sustaining it, every year the building sinks a few millimeters, but the sum over the years is more than a meter. The sinking problem is nothing from this century, it began during the initial phase of setting up the metal structure, but the architect thought that with some corrective procedures it would be enough, he was so wrong but still decided to continue with the edification.
In 1908 some engineers suggested some corrective measures but as the administrators considered it too expensive, opted for the cheap way. After the injection of about 1859 tons of cement and limestone between 1910 and 1912 the sinking process slowed a bit, but in the years after, more injections have been required, fortunately the compaction of the soil due to the great weight of the building has helped to slow the sinking in recent years.
From journal Mexico City, This Small Little Town
mexico city, Mexico
August 8, 2003
Bellas Artes is built with pure ´marmol´. This is the more expensive and heaviest material in the world, so this is the heaviest building in the whole world. And, because this building is so heavy, now you can see the building sinking. Now it's around 10 feet under ground. Bellas Artes is in the world record books too.
The shows that are in this area are so amazing and will make you feel special.
Once you´re in there you´ll feel famous because everyone is equal. The people treat you like if they know you already. This is good!! Just remember if you like art this is the place where you don´t have to miss if you come to México City.
From journal mexica city
November 1, 2002
Metro : Bellas Artes
From journal Start of the Ruta Maya
October 31, 2000
The orchestra's home, the Palace of Fine Arts, is a magnificant structure. The exterior is Art Nouveau. The interior is Art Deco. That's because it took 30 years for the building to be finished, and styles had changed in the interim. The stage curtain was designed by Louis Tiffany, and is constructed of stained glass. The image is of the volcanoes that overlook Mexico City: Popocateptl and Iztaccihuatl.
This building has been named by the United Nations as one of the world's top 100 most-endangered monuments. That's because it (as is most of Mexico City) is constructed on a marsh. The building has been sinking, and not so slowly!
From journal Mexico City, capital of Mexico in so many ways