Coliseu dos Recreios

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Coliseu dos Recreios
Lisboa - Panorama - 06 - Vista desde el Jardín de San Pedro de Alcántara (cropped) Coliseu.jpg
AddressRua das Portas de Santo Antão 96
1150-269 Lisbon Portugal
Public transitLisbon Metro Restauradores
Comboios de Portugal Rossio
OwnerPatrimónio Cultural
Broke ground1888
Opened14 August 1890 (1890-08-14)
ArchitectCesare Ianz
Project managerManuel Garcia Júnior
Structural engineer
  • Francisco Goulard
  • Frederico Ressano Garcia
  • M. Gouveia Júnior
  • Xavier Cordeiro
General contractorCastanheira das Neves
Venue Website
Building details
Renovating team
Civil engineerGrupo Betar
Other designersDaciano da Costa
Main contractorTeixeira Duarte

The Coliseu dos Recreios (also known as Coliseu de Lisboa) is a multi-purpose auditorium located in Lisbon, Portugal.


António Santos Júnior

The main building was constructed within a metal lattice by Francisco Goulard between 1888 and 1890.[1] While the facade was completed by Cesare Ianz.[1] The building was inaugurated on 14 August 1890.[1][2] In 1897 the Geographical Society of Lisbon (Portuguese: Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa) occupied part of the spaces, inaugurating the Portuguese Hall (Portuguese: Sala Portugal), authored by architect José Luís Monteiro (1849-1942) shortly after. António Santos Júnior became director general of the Coliseu dos Recreios in the same year.[1]

On the death of António Santos (1920), the direction of the Coliseu was assumed by Ricardo Covões.[1]

A major refurbishment of the installations was completed in February 1994, that included remodelling of the hall and stage, and reconstruction of the surrounding spaces.[1]

On 22 August 2006, the Coliseu (owing to its stylistic, typological and historic importance) was designated for preservation.[1] The DRCLisboa, on establishing the Special Protection Zone for the Castle of São Jorge (and surroundings), included the building.[1] As a Property of Public Interest, the National Council for Culture (Portuguese: Conselho Nacional de Cultura) proposed that archiving of the Special Protection Zone on 10 October 2011, which were necessitated on 18 October 2011 by IGESPAR.[1]


A view of the interior of the events hall of the Coliseu dos Recreios

The Coliseu is actually two juxtapositioned buildings. This includes a rectangular three-story building, whose principal facade is oriented to the southwest. The first floor includes the Coliseu dos Recreios' atrium (94-98), the vestibule and bar-restaurant of the Sociedade de Geografia; the second floor, which as functions as library of the organization; and third floor, the Sala Portugal.[1] The rectangular area is internally divided into three areas supported by steel pillars/columns, and interlinked by steel staircase, allowing circulation vertically.[1] The twelve-sided events hall is encircled by seating and two floors of boxseating. To the northeast and southwest, respectively, are special boxseats, framed by three arches, over one of the three accesses. The hall is covered by metal ceiling, supported by steel tubing.[1]

The events hall has a capacity of between 2846 (seated) to 4000 people, depending on its configuration.

Beside concerts, other shows are hosted there, including theatre, circus, dance shows and awards ceremonies. Performers have included Cirque du Soleil, Tango Fire, and several ballets.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Vale, Teresa; Gomes, Carlos (1994), SIPA (ed.), Coliseu dos Recreios/Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (IPA.00005255/PT031106240181) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 10 September 2015
  2. ^ "Coliseu dos Recreios". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-08-02.
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