вторник, 9 ноября 2010 г.

BRAZIL / Manaus, Amazonas

The Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas).

Manaus is a city in Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas. It is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. It is the most populous city of Amazonas, according to the statistics of Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and is a popular ecotourist destination. Manaus belongs to mesoregion Center Amazonense and microregion Manaus. It is located in northern Brazil, 3,940 kilometers (2,168 miles) from the federal capital, Brasília.

The Amazon Theatre is an opera house located in the heart of Manaus, inside the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. House was designed by Secondary School of Engineering of Lisbon in 1883, in neoclassic style influenced by the ecleticism at the end of the 19 century. It was built during the Belle Époque at a time when fortunes were made in the rubber boom. Construction of the Amazon Theater was first proposed in 1881 by a member of the House of Representatives, Antonio Jose Fernandes Júnior, the idea being to construct a jewel in the heart of the Amazonian forest and to make Manaus one of the great centers of civilization.

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