A NEW ERA - Spring 2017 Perfect Wedding Magazine PWSpring2017 - Page 135

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Bernardino de Siena Church (above) in Xochimilco, Mexico City, was former monastery complex built in the 16th century over a former pre-Hispanic temple as part of evangelization efforts after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521. The interior of the church contains a rare 16th-century altarpiece in Plateresque style with no columns or other such supports. The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is a prominent cultural center in Mexico City. Significant Aztec finds, such as a sacrificial altar in the shape of a plumed serpent have been found here The main facade, which faces Avenida Juárez, is made of white Italian Carrara marble. The most impacting aspect is the stage "curtain" which is a stained glass foldable panel created out of nearly a million pieces of iridescent colored glass, by Tiffany's in New York. Glistening in brilliance and magnificent to behold, the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City is a private museum owned by billionaire Carlos Slim. Dedicated to his late wife, the museum is free for all to enjoy, providing access to view the Masters, which many could never afford to see in person. The art collection is estimated at $700 million. d perfect wedding magazine.com 133