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Located on Las Ramblas, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, popularly known as El Liceo, is the oldest and most prestigious opera house in Barcelona. It has been in operation since its founding in 1837.
With a classic architectural design, it includes very well-distributed physical areas that harmonize with the space. This beautiful building has a history filled with turbulent and tragic events, including a bomb attack in 1893 and two devastating fires, the first in 1861 and the second in 1994. All of this required an immense effort to rebuild the structure in such a way that it returned to its original design.
During the years 1847 and 1989, the Gran Teatre del Liceu was considered the largest opera house in all of Europe, with a capacity of more than 2,300 seats. However, after the reconstruction in 1999, the lavish original design was incorporated with important acoustic and visual improvements at a technological level, making it one of the most modern theatres worldwide.
It should be noted that the administration of this beautiful opera house has been managed by a public foundation since 1994, with a board of trustees including important ministries and institutions such as the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Provincial Council of Barcelona, the Generalitat of Catalonia and Barcelona City Council.
As proof of its immense quality, the Gran Teatro del Liceo has its own choir, its own symphony orchestra and a higher musical education centre called El Liceo Superior Music Conservatory.