Opera houses can easily be considered architectural treasures, which make a city more valuable and more attractive for tourists. Opera houses haven’t been built just for baritones, sopranos or tenors, they were built to demonstrate to the public that their city has achieved a high level of culture, wealth and even power. Besides unique theatrical experiences, opera houses can also give visitors the opportunity to enjoy amazing structures designed by history’s most respected architects. When you visit a top city around the globe, you must not miss the chance to visit its opera house. You will be amazed by its beautiful structure. Here are some famous opera houses that you could visit:
1. Palais Garnier
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Placed on the Avenue de l’Opéra in Paris, Palais Garnier is probably the best known opera house in the world. The main reason for this is that this opera house was used as the setting for the novel and subsequent musical called “The Phantom of the Opera.” Palais Garnier was completed in 1875 and was designed by architect Charles Garnier. The main attraction in this opera house is the massive seven-ton crystal chandelier that is situated in the center of the theatre, among other precious statues depicting figures from Greek mythology and highly ornate marble friezes.
2. Bolshoi Theatre
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Bolshoi Theatre was renovated and even rebuilt several times over its long history. First, Bolshoi Theatre was just an unimpressive stone structure built in the 1790s. The current and beautiful building was completed in 1824 and was designed by the talented architect Andrei Mikhailov. Here, you will find Oriental carpets, velvet-upholstered chairs and silk-damask covered walls. The opera house is not as big as other opera houses, but when visiting it you will have an intimate experience. Its last renovation dates back to 2011 and rumors say that its cost was up to one billion dollars.
3. Teatro Amazonas
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Also known as Amazon Theatre, this amazing building is placed in Manaus, in the center of the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon Theatre was built during the heyday of rubber trade and for its construction it was used material from all over the world: marbles from Italy, furniture from Paris and steel from England. Its dome was covered with 35,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the Brazilian national flag.
Opera houses are great structures and have an amazing interior design, where you can enjoy breathtaking scene plays. Have you ever been into the Bolshoi Theatre?