Teatro Principal of Zaragoza

Posted May 30, 2019 by zaragozaturismo in Culture

Today we immerse ourselves in the history of the theatre in Zaragoza by browsing one of the flagship of this art in our city, the Teatro Principal.

The importance of performing arts on the banks of the Ebro river dates back to Roman time when, near the current site of this building, was the the theater of the Caesaraugusta Colony . It was one of the largest amphitheatres in the Roman province of Hispania, both by its ability (it could accommodate more than 6,000 spectators), that by its characteristics and shows.

In the 16th century began to proliferate in Spain permanent theatres and in Zaragoza was built the “Corral de Comedias del Coso” , the first building of this kind in our city.

After many reforms, the old building was replaced in February 1771 by the new ‘Coliseo de Comedias’. This last was destroyed by a terrible fire which resulted in the ban on theatrical performances. Thanks to popular pressure from the end of the century, the veto was lifted and enabled the construction of the current Teatro principal opened on August 25, 1799.

Since its founding, this treasure of architecture has witnessed the interpretations of the most prestigious actors, dancers or opera singers of the international scene.

Behind its doors, an elegant hall welcomes you, as well as a two-floors space, designed by the architects José Beltrán and Regino Borobio and which is the result of a spectacular transformation carried out at the end the 30’s during the Spanish civil war. Between the marbles and chandeliers dating from the 40’s, stands out the great mural of José Manuel Broto conducted as part of the restoration of the hall in the 1980s.

The performance is about to begin… move on to the patio of armchairs and take a seat!

Until the function starts, admire the wonderful curtain painted by Marcelino Unceta in 1878 as well as one of the most beautiful rooms of Spain, and which is preserved as it was restored in 1870 by architect Ricardo Magdalena. It keeps the charm of the time with its balconies, the paintings in the ceiling, the gods and the abundant and eclectic decoration, with neo-mudejares, neoclassical and neo-Egyptian notes.

Enjoy your stay in the city and treat yourself to an unforgettable evening in this incredible site. Check here the programming 🎭.

And now, silence please, it’s show time!


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