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Mepa puts off Manoel Theatre facade decision amid disagreements

Mepa today again put off a decision on proposed changes to the façade of the Manoel Theatre amid disagreement over how the original façade of the structure appeared.

It however gave the green light for internal restoration involving some of the balconies, the flooring and ways to make it more accessible to wheelchair users. 

A Mepa hearing this morning decided that the issue of the façade will remain a reserved matter for a year while more research is carried out.

The theatre was built in 1731 but major alterations to the façade were made over the years. There is disagreement, in particular, over whether there were columns in the original design.

The plan is for hard stone cladding to be laid on the façade around the main door and the two lateral doors. 

The intervention will mainly be based on a depiction of the theatre in the Cabreo de Vilhena, a register of properties that showed the façade as it looked in 1734.

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