Costa Rica’s most elegant and elaborate theater, the Teatro Nacional opened in 1897. Funded with a special tax on coffee, and modeled on the Paris Opera House, this neo-baroque theater features marble floors and columns; numerous sculptures, including busts of Beethoven and Chopin; and a painted fresco on the main auditorium’s ceiling meant to suggest the majesty of the Sistine chapel. It is home base for the National Symphony Orchestra, and site of numerous other cultural events.