We could not go to the Palacio de Gobierno to re-visit the largest Rivera murals because there was a demonstration and it was closed. So we walked with a light drizzle to our favorite plaza in Mexico City, Plaza Santo Domingo, where the people who use to write letters for the illiterate still sit under the arches, now with electric typewriters, and write invitations and announcements of weddings and other events. The Ministry is a magnificent 19th century building and it has 3 floors of Diego's murals, which may be repetitive (interesting, because you see the practice he used for rapid compositions) but are perhaps even more gripping and moving than the very large ones at the Palacio de Gobierno. The second floor is mostly grisaille (grey, black and white) but the ground floor is superb. Over the stairs you will also see an interesting mural by Siqueiros, but Diego is more Mexican and more important, to us. Do not neglect the patio, and its interesting bas-reliefs with golden mosaic decorations (I do not know the artist). The splendid stairs were also decorated by Diego but they are not accessible.
Oh, yes, the little coffee shop at the left of the church of Santo Domingo has good coffee, espresso style.
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