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Teatro di San Carlo: View of facade
The Real Teatro di San Carlo is an opera house in Naples, Italy. It is the oldest continuously active such venue in Europe and it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded by the Bourbon Charles VII of Naples (Carlo III in Italian), the theatre was inaugurated on 4 November 1737, the king's name day. The original architect was Giovanni Antonio Medrano. On 12 February 1816 the San Carlo was destroyed by fire. However, it was re-designed by the architect Antonio Niccolini and rebuilt within ten months on order of King Ferdinand IV, another Bourbon monarch and son of Charles III.