Founded by Almeida Garrett, and inaugurated in 1846, the D. Maria II National Theatre, designed by Italian architect Fortunato Lodi, has a neoclassical architectural style. The Theatre was virtually destroyed by fire in 1964 and re-opened to the general public, after having been rebuilt and modernised, in 1978. The National Theatre’s mission is to disseminate leading works from world theatre, having staged performances of great artistic and technical quality.
Anyone who wants to learn more about the backstage life of this building, from a historical and technical perspective, may do so on Mondays at 11:30 a.m., via 1-hour guided tours that visit spaces rarely seen by the public. These tours, which require prior booking, are also accessible for persons with reduced mobility and are provided in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
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