Gran Teatre del Liceu (Opera House Liceu) is a theater in Barcelona. It is adjacent to La Rambla boulevard and it is close also to Palau Güell and to Barcelona Cathedral. The famous La Boqueria market is opposite to the theatre.
Gran Teatre del Liceu was opened in 1847 and unlike other large European theaters it was financed privately and independently and not by the monarchy or by the government. When it was built it was one of the largest opera houses in Europe and was considered to be one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. Today many other opera houses are larger than this one.
To summarize shortly its history, the opera house was built for various schools of performing arts such as dance, opera, etc. Similar to the entire city, since its construction it was affected by numerous events, for example two fires, one in 1861, the other in 1994. The second renovation lasted five years, during this period the opera house was moved to the buildings of other similar institutions like Palau Sant Jordi, Palau de la Música Catalana and Teatre Victoria. In order to support the renovation of the theatre, it has become public. Nowadays it is open and functioning again.