Buenos Aires: Teatro Colón

Very few blocks away from the Obelisco, on the very same 9 de Julio Avenue, there's the majestic Teatro Colón.

 

It has recently been re-opened after a long re-construction.

This magnificent theater is the most important in Latin America, and one of the most important in the world.

 

Its construction took 20 years and its architecture combines many different styles that become one in such harmony that can only create such beauty.

The Teatro Colón combines the general characteristics

of the italian renaissance, the good distribution and solidity from german achitecture, and the grace, variety and gallantry of the ornamental associated with french architecture.

This combines with an atic-greek exterior architecture to give birth to the admirable "eclectic" style.

The whole building has an extension of 58 thousand square meters and a capacity of over 4 thousand people.

 

Its interior combines the eclectic style with the italian neo-renaissance and french baroque.

 

It's hall is made of Carrara marble stairs with sides made out of yellow and pink marbles speacially brought from Siena and Portugal, and Gaudin vitraux.

Great opera figures have performed at this Theathre,such as Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé and Ana Pavlova.

What does it offer?

Guided tours are offered and a new trend of incredibly low-cost performances has been taking place for a few years now to encourage more people to listen to opera and be able to enjoy of this temple of music.