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1793 – Teatro Nacional de Sà£o Carlos, Lisbon

Architect: José da Costa e Silva


The Teatro Nacional de Sà£o Carlos is Lisbon’s opera house and was opened in 1793 by Queen Maria I as a replacement for the Tejo Opera House, which was destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The theatre was built in only six months following a design by Portuguese architect José da Costa e Silva, with neoclassical and rococo elements. The general project is clearly inspired by great Italian theatres like the San Carlo of Naples (interior) and La Scala in Milan (interior and façade).

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