A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
366: Bust and staircase
Without doubt, the Municipal Theater in downtown Rio de Janeiro may be considered as one of the most beautiful monuments in this marvellous city. It is located at Rio Branco Avenue, Treze de Maio Avenue, Evaristo de Veiga Street, and Alagoas/ Marechal Floriano Square in Cinelândia District. The theater, inaugurated in 1909, belongs to the most important and most beautiful in Brazil. After the Proclamation of the Republic in 1889, playwright Artur Azevedo started a campaign for a new theater. It was major Pereira Passos who took the initiative for the construction, and his son, architect Francisco de Oliveira Passos, designed the theater inspired upon the Ópera in Paris. More than one thousand wooden poles were used as foundation for the theater. A number of prominent Brazilian artists, and some European counterparts, were invited to decorate the new theater. The bust in the picture is a good example of the luxurious decoration of this theater.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2012, 2017