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More about Teatro Colón

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More info about Teatro Colón:

  • The initial project for the Opera House was designed by architect Francesco Tamburini.
  • After his death in 1891 he was succeeded by his partner, architect Victor Meano, designer of the Palace of the National Congress of Argentina.
    • Construction continued until 1894 but was delayed due to financial difficulties.
    • Meano was killed by his wife’s lover at age 454.
    • In 1904, after Meano’s death, the government appointed Belgian architect Jules Dormal to finish the construction. Dormal made some structural modifications and left his mark in the French style of the decoration.
  •  It took over 20 years to construct.  The inaugural performance of “Aida” was performed in 1908.

This is one of the two lions that guard the central stair case to the Opera House.  They are made of yellow marble (from Siena)and white marble (from Carrara).

This is one of the lions at the central staircase.

I like this sculpture of the ballerina, Norma Fontella which was in the entrance of the opera house.

This sculpture of Norma Fontella is at the Opera House in Buenos Aires.

Here is one of the stained glass windows that was imported from Paris.

This is one of the stained glass windows imported form Paris

These  floor tiles were imported from England and installed one by one.

Floor tiles from England were place one by one.

We really enjoyed our tour of the opera house.  Here are just a few more facts:

  • The main hall is horseshoe-shaped and complies with the most severe standards of classic Italian and French theatre.
    • The horseshoe is 29.25 meters wide at its narrowest point, 32.65 at its widest, and 28 meters high.
  • It is surrounded by box seats up to the third story.
  • It seats a total of 2,478 people, and has standing room for around 500 more.

When we left the opera house after the tour., they were having a tribute to David Bowie on the big screen outside.  We didn’t stay long, but did get to hear a bit of his music.

They were celebrating David Bowie in Buenos Aires.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

5 thoughts on “More about Teatro Colón

  1. She looks really skinny! Sorry you won’t be in Portland. I’m going up and wanted to see you!

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  2. You are not bugging me! The pictures look great. Have fun.

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  3. Nancy, you would never bug me. That was an interesting form for a ballerina, thank you so much for sharing, all the art, wonderful to see such beauty,-). Safe journey….Love you, Donna

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  4. Have a great trip…I know you will!. I am leaving for Mexico today.

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  5. Love the pictures and descriptions. Beautiful! Thank You!

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