Manaus is the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas and also known as the “Paris of the tropics”. Manaus is a fascinating jungle metropolis and is located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest at the mouth of the Rio Negro into the Amazon River. In the period between 1870 and 1910, Manaus was temporarily the richest city in the world due to the rubber boom. Manaus is the starting point for expeditions to the largest rainforest in the world to Amazon lodges and Amazon cruises.
What you should not miss:
The Amazon Theater: The world-famous opera of Manaus, the “Teatro Amazonas”, was financed by the revenues from the rubber boom and inaugurated on December 31, 1896. The opera House is a replica of the Paris Opera and was built in the style of the Italian Renaissance. It is a large and magnificent opera house, a symbol of the era of the fabulous rubber boom. The house is equipped with the finest and most expensive building and decoration materials of the time: Venetian chandeliers with crystals from the Italian glass island of Murano, English wrought iron, Italian marble and statues, German roof tiles of the dome in the green-blue-yellow national colors of Brazil, paving stones in front of the theater from Portugal, French tapestries, best tropical woods for floors from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, chairs in red velvet and even paintings were imported from Europe To create a masterpiece.
Rio Negro Palace: This beautiful villa was built in the 1880s, an iconic building in the special style of Manaus overlooking the Rio Negro. Subsequently, the villa was converted into the government palace “Palácio Rio Negro” and, like the opera House, is another symbol of wealth during the rubber boom. In this impressive building of a rubber baron of German origin, you feel like you are on a journey through time. The noble materials from Europe, antiques, fittings, old pieces of furniture made of tropical wood and especially the wooden stairs are real jewels and tell of a past prosperous era.
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