The Teatro Amazonas in Manaus is one of those unmissable spots in a city that has lost the charm of times gone by. More than the grandour or luxury of the building, what really makes an impression on the visitor is the way the theatre recalls times of splendour that led to the building of such a massive theatre in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
The Teatro Amazonas was built during the rubber boom that turned Manaus into one of the most prospeours cities in the continent. Construction began in 1884 and the building opened in 1896. Externally, one of the most oustanding features of the building is its dome, covered with 60.000 ceramic tiles that were brought in from the Alsace.
The rest of the materials used on the construction of the theatre were also imported from Europe (iron from England, bronze from Belgium, crystal from Italy). Even Brazilian wood went to Europe to be carved and sent back to Brazil.
The Amazon Opera Festival takes place at the theatre during the second fortnight in April.
There are several guided visits to the building conducted in English. They last for 1/2 hour. From Monday to Saturday, but do confirm the times if you are going to spend just the one day in Manaus (firstname.lastname@example.org). The cost of the visit is R$10.
The theatre is located north of the centre of Manaus and can be reached on foot easily.
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