Tangier. Gran Teatro Cervantes. Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

In its days of glory Gran Teatro Cervantes could seat up to 1,5 thousand spectators. And it was well deserved. Biggest stars of the European artistic scene were appearing here. Among them Titta Ruffo called “the voice of a lion” or a tenor Enrico Caruso. 1929 even saw the staging of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” in English. The theater was a pride of the entire Northern Africa…

Today, after over 100 years Gran Teatro Cervantes is left to its own fate. One that was not too generous. This marvelous cultural monument has been falling into ruin since 1962, when it opened its doors for the last time. A poor padlock is that last thing protecting it from vandals and thieves. Windows nailed up with planks of wood and scratched walls compose z sad picture of a merciless time. The building which endured years of wars and occupation of Tangier and where numerous political meetings were held during the times of General Franco as well as during the Algerian War is now losing a battle against Spanish and Moroccan politicians.

Overturned chairs, destroyed ceramics, the remains of the red curtain mostly eaten by moths, beautiful murals falling apart together with the rest of the ceiling. Is there anyone out there who would make Tangierians dreams come true by restoring the theater greatness…?

Today, I make a tiny contribution towards saving the theater from falling into oblivion by choosing Gran Teatro Cervantes for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Time.

W czasach swojej świetności Wielki Teatr Cervantesa pomieścić mógł do półtorej tysiąca widzów. A było co oglądać. Występowały tutaj największe gwiazdy europejskiej sceny artystycznej na czele z Titta Ruffo zwanym “głosem lwa” oraz tenorem Enrico Caruso. W 1929 roku wystawiono tutaj nawet tragedię Szekspira “Othello” w języku angielskim. Teatr był dumą północnej Afryki…

Dziś, po ponad 100-latach Gran Teatro Cervantes pozostawiony został własnemu losowi. Ten nie był dla niego łaskawy. Wspaniały pomnik kultury popada w ruinę od 1962, kiedy to ostatni raz otworzył swe podwoje. Licha kłódka to ostatnia rzecz, która chroni go przez wandalami i złodziejami. Zabite deskami okna i odrapane ściany składają się na niezwykle smutny obraz przemijającego czasu. Budynek, który przetrwał lata wojen i okupacji Tangeru i w którym organizowane były polityczne spotkania za czasów generała Franco oraz wojny w Algierii, dziś przegrywa w walce z politykami hiszpańskimi i marokańskimi.

Poprzewracane krzesła, zniszczona ceramika, resztki zjedzonej przez mole czerwonej kurtyny, piękne malowidła odpadające wraz z resztami sufitu. Czy znajdzie się ktoś kto spełni marzenia Tangierczyków i przywróci teatrowi jego dawny blask…?

Dziś dokładam swoją małą cegiełkę w walce o ocalenie teatru od zapomnienia wybierając Gran Teatro Cervantes do Weekly Photo Challenge: Time.

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46 thoughts on “Tangier. Gran Teatro Cervantes. Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

      1. I really hope someone decides to fix it up; what a treasure. I did a post to introduce myself a little, with the hope friends here understand why they’re so important to me. You and Aga are part of what brings me joy. When and if you see it, perhaps you will both understand why I love traveling through your eyes. It’s called “A more personal post” I think, grin.

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        1. Thank You Belinda. I have read your beautiful, sad yet also funny post (crossed out sentences). What I read was something wrote by a fighter! A true inspiration! First of all, thank You for letting me get to know You better, secondly – I am so glad we can travel together ☺ Sharing adventures is even more amusing than experiencing them! ☺ Have a great day Belinda!

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          1. Thank you for your kind words and inspiration. I do love my travel through your eyes, and it saves me the expense and walking, lol. Have an amazing day and I look forward to visiting your site again after my appt. :) :)

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  1. May your efforts spur a new wave of interest and zeal to resurrect it’s past greatness. A tribute to many generations that patronized the arts and aspired to speak to the higher qualities of soul and spirit in mankind–reflections of our Creator.

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  2. It is a sad story – one quite common to the venues of entertainment of our ancestors. Thanks to you and your love of such things….this particular one will never truly disappear. Thank you for sharing this with me.

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  3. Dowod na to, ze w naszym swiecie wszystko jest tylko kwestia czasu, a ten w ktoryms momencie najwyrazniej przestal mu sprzyjac; moda, trendy, ekonomia, polityka itd.
    Cegielka do cegielki i moze budynek teatru dostanie jeszcze swoje 5 min.
    Byloby dobrze.

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  4. It’s a tragedy, and a travesty! What a world we live in where war takes center stage to culture and arts. Sometimes I think that earth is the hell.
    Thank you for showing us this wonderful old relic!

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    1. You are most welcome. Somehow this place got my attention from the very first moment I saw it. I just knew there had to be some magnificent history behind it! And I was right! How do I regret now I haven’t made any attempts of trying to get inside. Later on I saw some photos from the interior and it is stunning!

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