(America Records Institute - AMRI) Top Ancient and Modern Wonders of the Americas - P69 - National Theater of Costa Rica: "Cradle" that nurtures the culture of Costa Rica

24-04-2024

(worldkings.org) The National Theater of Costa Rica or Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica. A great source of pride among the citizens of Costa Rica. It has played host to many celebrated performances over the last century. You will see plays, Ballets, orchestra, and other beautiful performances.

The 1,140-seat National Theatre of Costa Rica is Costa Rica's national theatre, located in the central section of San José. Construction began in 1891, and it opened to the public on 21 October 1897 with a performance of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust. The National Theatre stood as a cultural asset of the country during a time when coffee exports were a source of its success. It presents high quality performances, with artistic criteria being very high.

 

 

Construction of the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica began in the later part of the 19th Century. At that point in time, Costa Rica had a minuscule population. And in San Jose, it just reached 20,000 but during this period it was time for growth with Costa Rica’s main export being coffee. This gave a very prestigious crowd of people to be an audience of the National Theater.

To build the theater, the president at the time placed a tax on coffee and raised enough money to support building such a theater. The Teatro Nacional had problems when they began construction, but they brought in an Italian Architect to rectify any problems and make building go smoothly. Even with the new designer, the building process was rather slow and was not completed until October 1897.

 

 

In Front of the National Theater stands two very tall statues the Calderón de la Barca and the grand composer, musician, Ludwig van Beethoven. Inside the Theatre, you will see very high ceilings and the very first thing you will see is the artist Aleardo Villa’s painting ‘Allegory of Coffee and Bananas. This painting is dedicated to the coffee farmers of Costa Rica. Without these workers, there wouldn’t be such a beautiful theater today.

The National Theater of Costa Rica is considered the finest historic building in the capital, and it is known for its exquisite interior which includes its lavish furnishings.

According to costarica.org; en.wikipedia. Source of photos: internet


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