The Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II is the national theatre of Portugal. The beautiful neoclassical front façade dominates the northern side of Rossio square in central Lisbon. Today the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II host some of the most spectacular performances of Lisbon but the history regarding the building and location has not always been so enchanting or fortunate.The Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II was built in 1846 on the site of the old Palácio dos Estaus palace. The Palácio dos Estaus was initially constructed in 1450 and was used by the Portuguese royal family to host foreign dignitaries and noblemen visiting Lisbon.
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