Teatro da Paz
Belém’s main square is the leafy Praça da República, an elegant green park with a small amphitheater that offers respite to Belenenses of all ages. On one side of the praça sits the Teatro da Paz (Praça da República, tel. 91/4009-8750, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sat., R$4), a deep rose colored, white pillared, neoclassical theater inaugurated in 1878.
Inspired by Milan’s Teatro Scala, Belém’s rubber barons financed the splendid building, whose interior is decked out in precious woods, gilt mirrors, crystal chandeliers, and glossy Italian marble. In the auditorium, note the ceiling mural of Apollo on his chariot, being pulled through the Amazon. The guided tours are recommended.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition