Adolfo Mejia Theater in Cartagena

This place was once occupied by a church which was completed in the year 1625.The theater was conceived by Rafael Nuñez, a Cartagenero who was president of Colombia for a record four terms, at the end of the 19th century but it was not actually completed until 1911 to commemorate the first 100 years of Cartagena’s independence from Spain.
Owing to thedramatic deterioration of the building its doors were temporarily closed at the beginning of the 1970s and during a little more than twentyyears a slow process of extensive restoration was undertaken.
In1998 the theater reopened its doors to become a cultural center for the performing arts.
The theater was built in the form of a horse shoe.  The box seats and balconies have cedar lattice work which gives it a lovely lacelike aspect but it actually had a very practical purpose as well.  Cartagena can be sweltering hot and this styleimproved ventilation. Both thepainting on the drop curtain and the ceiling were done by the well-known artistfrom Cartagena Enrique Grau. The painting on the drop curtain shows the flowers most typical of Cartagena and some of the most important monuments of the city.In the paintingon the ceiling you can admire all nine Greek muses floating in a blue sky withkites and birds soaring.

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