A result of the rising bourgeoisie in the first half of the 19th century in Barcelona, a new theatre was born right on the Rambla, and over time it has become one of the world’s premiere Opera houses, the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Liceu), the oldest of Barcelona’s operating theatres.
It was inaugurated in 1847, and it has been home to interpretations of the most prestigious works offered by the world’s best singers. It was built over an old convent on the corner of Sant Pau street, and modelled after La Scala in Milan. It has stalls and five floors like the majority of Opera houses, and it currently holds 2,300 people. In 1861 it suffered a fire, which completely destroyed the hall and stage.
A second fire, which the city still remembers, took place on January 31st, 1994, and the hall and stage were once again destroyed. It was reconstructed in a manner faithful to the old theatre, but given a much more modern infrastructure. The rebirth of the Liceu took place in October 1999.
Address: Rambla, 51-59.
Metro: L3 Liceu.
Bus: 14, 59.