A simple stroll through the streets of downtown Manaus, amidst old buildings and mansions, is enough to witness the lavishness of the late 19th century, when the city prospered under the so-called Rubber Cycle. The Amazonas Theater is one example of buildings in which the old Barons – charmed by the European way of life – spared no expense.
Opened in 1896, the building took 15 years to be built and almost all of the materials used in the construction came from Europe, including fittings, structures, decorations, marble ornaments, lights and crystals. Only the wood used in the floors and chairs came from Bahia, in Brasil.
Considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world, the building also houses a museum and it was the first monument in Manaus listed as national heritage by the Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN), in 1966.
The unique details of its dome – composed by 36,000 colored pieces of enameled ceramics – make it one of the most famous monuments in Brasil and the city’s most important landmark.