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Theatro José de Alencar

  • Praça do José Alencar s/n Map It
  • Centro
  • Arts/Performance Venue

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This theater is a rather shocking example (especially if you come upon it suddenly) of the eclectic phase of Brazilian architecture, showcasing a mixture of neoclassical and art nouveau styles. The top of the theater, which looks as if it was designed by the makers of Tiffany lamps, really stands out against Fortaleza's perpetually blue sky. It was built in 1910 of steel and iron (many of its cast-iron sections were imported from Scotland) and was restored in 1989. It's still used for cultural events—including concerts, plays, and dance performances—and houses a library and an art gallery. Some of the tour guides speak English; call ahead for reservations.

Sight Information


Praça do José Alencar s/n, Fortaleza, 60030-160, Brazil

Map It



Sight Details:

  • R$4
  • Wed.–Fri. 9–noon, 2–5, weekends 2–5

Published 06/18/2015


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