Thursday, June 9, 2011

Queen Maria II National Theater


Rossio Square, Lisbon
The theater was built on the site of the old Estaus Palace(*) between 1842 and 1846. A fire would partially destroy the building in 1964 and it took forteen years to reopen doors.

(*)built around 1450, it became the seat of the Inquisition in the 16th century; the palace survived the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake but it was destroyed by a fire in 1836

20 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Nossa, tanta historia já passou na vida desse teatro.Ele sofreu bastante também, por isso é uma alegria ver essa foto, o teatro está belissimo e aquelas colunas são maravilhosas!
Abraços
Léia

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Beautiful Architecture !

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The national theater is a point of pride in many countries, including Costa Rica, Argentina, and obviously from your photo today, Portugal.

Sharon said...

This beautiful building has survived many tragedies and still thrives! Nice to see!

Jacob said...

What a history! The Spanish Inquisition? Wow! It's a gorgeous structure, at any rate. Fire must have been a real scourge for folks in the olden days without our modern fire-fighting equipment...

JM said...

@Dave: Interesting you mention it as I have a photo of the Teatro Nacional in San José, Costa Rica. :-)

@Jacob: Actually it was the Portuguese Inquisition which was formally established in Portugal in 1536.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What an interesting history this building does have JM, thank goodness it survived it all!! Seems much better suited to the Arts than the Inquisition.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome building and what an incredible history it has! Terrific capture, JM, and thanks as always for a marvelous, informative post!

Sylvia

Dina said...

I'm glad the latest building on this site is a place for culture and life.
Your footnote made me realize that I never really associated a specific place, let alone a palace, with the Inquisition.

Lois said...

Any building with columns just fascinates me!

cieldequimper said...

Good to have performing arts in lieu of inquisition...

Jack said...

This building is just wonderful, JM, from the statues at the top, to the frieze, to the banners and columns, etc. It has had quite a full history and yet it has survived!

Carolina Tavares said...

Belíssima fachada de uma imponente arquitetura.

Randy said...

I love the building and by the looks of it that woman in white like the runners!

Bosc d'Anjou said...

The fire in November 1964 took place about a week after the opening of a new production of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the National Theatre. According to theatrical superstition, the name of that play is never to be mentioned inside a theatre, lest disaster will strike. Perhaps some innocent theatre hand unwittingly defied the superstition?

Hilda said...

Magnificent!

With the taint of the Inquisition in its history, I'm actually kind of glad this is a new building.

Babzy said...

Beautiful building !

VP said...

I remember this beautiful building, in a really great location!
It is strange that the Inquisition building survived the even earthquake... (but not the fire!)

Joan Elizabeth said...

The Sydney art gallery looks rather similar to this building.

Leif Hagen said...

What a grand theater! I'd love to see a show in there! Fun to catch up on your last several posts.
bon weekend