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Theatro Municipal: a temple of culture and music

art & culture

Featuring glitzy ‘Parisian' decor, this building hosts Rio's best ballets and concerts.

With its majestic facade and large columns and sculptures at the entrance, the Theatro Municipal in Rio is one of the key monuments of the Centro neighborhood. Opened July 14, 1909, the building, whose architecture was largely inspired by the Opera Garnier in Paris, has nearly 2,300 seats and specializes in opera, ballet, jazz, and bossa nova concerts.

The facade is indeed impressive, but no more so than the charming interior: the gorgeous decor by Eliseu Visconti, Rodolfo Amoedo, and artist Henrique Bernardelli has long attracted artists and personalities from around the world. Dark wood, Carrara marble, paintings, bronzes, mirrors, and onyx the place delights during a performance, or a guided tour.

Continue on to the municipal library, the National Museum of Fine Arts, and the Palace Pedro Ernesto, less touristic sights that are all absolute charming.

Theatro Municipal
Praça Marechal-Floriano
Centro
Rio de Janeiro 20031-050

+55 (0)21 2332 9191

www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.fr

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