If you’re heading to The Amazon, you’re mostly likely traveling through Manaus (meaning the “mother of the gods”) – the capital of Amazonas. Manaus is a fascinating glimpse of history, it was the center of the Amazon region’s rubber boom during the late 19th century. For a period, it was “one of the gaudiest” cities in the world, which explains the awesome and unexpected existence of the The Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas), located in the heart of Manaus. The original idea behind Teatro Amazonia was to construct a jewel in the heart of the Amazonian forest and to make Manaus one of the great centers of civilization. Today, amidst this portal to the jungle, stands an exquisite relic of Brazilian history.