One of the largest Opera houses in the world, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, was built in 1847, occupying the building of a former convent. Despite having suffered from bombings, fires and a major financial crisis leading to the suspension of the season; Liceu (which is how the majority refers to as “the theatre”) still managed to maintain high standards of performances and become one of the world’s finest opera institutions.
The fire in 1994 was a devastating one, almost the entire original design was destroyed and the renovation works lasted five years. In 1999, Liceu was finally reopened – with refurbished modern facilities, although some of them, including the fore stage and auditorium décor replicate the 1909 designs.
You don’t necessarily have to appreciate opera to enjoy the beauty inside the building – guided tours are available in several languages, from Monday to Friday (check official website for further information).
Metro: Liceu (line 3)
Bus lines: 14, 59 and 91