Plaza de Oriente, s/n Madrid (Madrid)
In Plaza de Oriente Square you will find the Royal Theatre, one of the best Opera houses in Europe due to its modern facilities and unrivalled acoustics.
The building was started under the orders of Ferdinand VII in 1817 on the site of an old theatre, and work was completed in 1850 under the charge of Custodio Moreno.
The building has an irregular hexagonal floor plan. It experienced a highly successful period until it was closed down in the 20th Century due to its poor state of repair.
After being restored, the Royal Theatre opened again in 1966 as a concert hall, until it was again restored and re-opened in 1997. The venue has capacity for 1,745 people.
Inside special mention should be made of the foyer, stage and the huge central chandelier that hangs above the stalls.
Timetables: Guided tours every half hour, Monday-Friday, 10.30am-1pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 11am-1.30pm. Closed: 1 January and 24, 25 and 31 December.>
Entry fee: General admission: €4 (with access to the main hall); €2 (without access to the main hall). Reduced: €2 (under 26s and over 65s). Tickets for sale at the box office, on day of visit, 10am-1pm.