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Maria II Theatre

Maria II Theatre (30B)

To the north of Rossio square is the Dona Maria II National Theatre. It got its name in honour of the daughter of King Dom Pedro, Maria, who inaugurated the building on her twenty-seventh birthday in 1846.

It is a building in the neo-classic style which was designed, despite the many critics, by the Italian architect Fortunato Lodi in 1840. It is worth paying particular attention to the top of the pediment where stands a statue of the dramatist Gil Vicente, considered the creator of Portuguese theatre.

This splendid building has not been exempt from its fair share of tragedy. In 1964 it caught fire and its interior was totally destroyed. During the 1970’s a reconstruction project was started which left the theatre as you see it today.

The rich programme on offer here makes it a very crowded place, at its front doors you will often find lottery ticket sellers. 

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