Inaugurated in 1909, Theatro Municipal is one of the main entertainment venues in Brazil and Latin America. In the last renovation, important areas of Theatro have been restored, highlighting the imposing eagle of 350kg that adorns the top of the building, which received 8,000 sheets of gold 23 carats of gold. Over a little more than a century of history, Theatro Municipal has received great international artists and important names of Brazilian culture. The design was inspired by the Paris Opera. Since the 1930s, the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro has been concerned with maintaining its own artistic body. Today it is the only Brazilian cultural institution to simultaneously maintain a choir, a symphony orchestra and a ballet company.