Teatro de Cristóbal Colón

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Facade of the Teatro de Cristobal Colón Bogotá D.C.
Frescoes of six muses on the ceiling of the main hall

The Teatro de Cristóbal Colón (The Christopher Columbus Theatre), also known as the "Teatro Colón", is located in Bogotá, Colombia and it is the nation's National Theatre. It was built in the Neoclassical style by the Italian architect Pietro Cantini in 1885 and inaugurated on 27 October 1892 [1] on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America with a performance of Verdi's Ernani. [2]

The auditorium was constructed in the tradition horseshoe-shape and modelled on the layout of the Palais Garnier in Paris, but only about half the size.[1]

The Colón Theatre was declared a National Monument on 11 August 1975, and underwent renovations for three years.[1]

Between 2009 and 2010, the theatre was closed for extensive renovations.[2]



  1. ^ a b c Bogota Institute of Tourism website
  2. ^ a b Background and history of the theatre on bogota-dc.com


External links[edit]

Media related to Teatro Colón, Bogotá at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 4°35′48″N 74°04′28″W / 4.59667°N 74.07444°W / 4.59667; -74.07444