Thursday, August 1, 2013

Queen Mary II National Theatre


Rossio Square, Lisbon

The theatre was built between 1842 and 1846 on the site of the old Estaus Palace (1450) which became the seat of the Inquisition in the 16th century. Surprisingly the palace survived the 1755 Great Earthquake but it was destroyed by a fire in 1836.

23 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Mother Nature was determined in one way or another to get the old palace hey JM :) I should imagine watching a play in the theatre would be quite an experience.

Kate said...

An impressive and truly amazing building. It must be a real pleasure to enter ad enjoy it.

ladyfi said...

What a pleasant building!

LOLfromPasa said...

This is just beautiful, JM.

Lowell said...

It is so elegant from the outside, I can imagine it is no less elegant inside. Fire is always a problem but it was much more so in the olden days when everything was lit by candlelight.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Such history. It is a wonderful shot also with all that water.

Sharon said...

Such a beautiful building and I love the fountain outside.

VP said...

I have to come back to Lisbon!

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful building!!! And I love the fountain. Like so many of the buildings/places there is always so much fascinating history! Terrific capture as always, JM! Have a great weekend!!

TexWisGirl said...

wow! really beautiful!

cieldequimper said...

And no sign to spoil the view!!! Gorgeous.

Linda said...

Gorgeous building...and I love that fountain! Great photo!

RedPat said...

That's so beautiful, JM!

Kay said...

I'm guessing this building has a cheerier history than the Estaus Palace. Nice shot.

Jack said...

It is a beautiful building and a spectacular fountain.

Randy said...

Beautiful building and fountain.

Hilda said...

Everything in this scene is exquisite, from the palace to the fountain, and even the street lamps.

Dina said...

Hi Jose. I was happy to see this nice article today in Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.539054

(A short registration there gives you ten articles a month free.)

Arija said...

To me it looks like a theatre should, where you enter into a different world.
Did you notice the pattern of light on the tiled roof? . . but of course you did.

Small City Scenes said...

well no matter what it replaced it is a beautiful building. MB

Laura. M said...

Un encuadre perfecto. Lo ví desde el elevador:
Un beso.

orvokki said...

Beautiful old buildning.
Hugs

Cezar and Léia said...

Love the sights of Lisbon, it's such a charming city!
God bless you!
Cezar