The Teatro Amazonas is one of the most important theaters in Brazil and the main postcard of the city of Manaus. Located in the center of the city, in Largo de São Sebastião, it was inaugurated on December 31, 1896 to meet the desire of the high society of the time, who wanted the city to live up to the great cultural centers. Renaissance style surrounds its external structure with unique details in its dome, has become one of the most known monuments of Brazil and, consequently, the largest cultural symbol of the city of Manaus. It is the most significant expression of wealth in the city during the Rubber Cycle. It was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1966. With a very noble decoration, the Teatro Amazonas was already the stage not only of great plays but also of international shows such as of the band The White Stripes. Since 1997, the Amazonas Opera Festival has been held in the theater. In 2008, the theater was elected one of the seven Brazilian marvels in two contests promoted by Caras Magazine in partnership with the HSBC bank and another by the Goff design office. The architectural style of the theater is considered typically Renaissance with eclectic details, its tiles were imported from Alsace, the steel walls of Glasgow, Scotland and Carrara marble on the stairs, statues and columns of Italy. The dome is covered with 36,000 decorated tiles, painted in the colors of the Brazilian national flag. The interior decoration came from France in Louis XV style. The 198 theater chandeliers were imported from Italy, including 32 with Murano glass.