Algarve's Tourist Guide - Culture, Monuments, Historical sites, architecture and heritage of Algarve
Faro Touristic Guide - Monuments, historic sites, heritage, culture and Arquitecture of Faro city
The old theater Lethes, located in Faro, downtown, is one of the places to visit in the city. The word means Lethes a mythical river, whose waters had magical powers to erase the memory of the souls the sorrows of life.
The building was originally built for the purpose of being a Jesuit college for the teaching of letters in the fourteenth century.
In the eighteenth century the building was occupied by occupied by the Neapolitan troops, which was then devastated and desecrated.
In the nineteenth century the building was bought by an Italian doctor in order to build a theater in Faro.
The fame of the theater would take place later when it was in the hands of Dr Justino Cumano, nephew of the
previous owner. This time the theater has changed to improve and increase capacity in the room.
Before its closure in 1925, driven by the decline in demands for public performances, the theater was target of restoration works in 1906, achieving a remarkable acoustics.
The building then passed in 1951 for possession of the Red Cross, which still has its headquarters in a part of it.
In its long history the theater was also used for the operation of a school of music by the Music Conservatory of Algarve.
Today, the hall is a very beautiful place of entertainment in a pleasant environment with an old hall style architecture.
Apart from knowing the building's facade, I invite you to know the hall that has a great beauty, is enough to know their agenda and attend one of the shows that there arise.