Bolshoi Theatre
Exception combination of art and history.

Moscow, Russia, Europe

The world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre traces its roots back to 1776. After having changed locations, burned down multiple times, come under political threat of closure, and even endured bombings during WWII, the Bolshoi as we know it today originates from 1856. The name comes from the word for “big” in Russian and refers to the theatre’s size in comparison with its predecessors. The imposing exterior lives up to this sobriquet – eight columns prop up the façade, and a neo-classical pediment topped by a statue of Apollo in a horse-drawn chariot greets visitors. The interior is equally impressive – from the crimson-gold auditorium to the sparkling chandeliers and the detailed murals. The history of the stage curtains alone tells the lavish and complicated story of the theatre – from being decorated with impressive landscapes, to revolutionary slogans, to the famous gold 'Soviet' curtain which was used for 50 years. Don’t forget – the theatre’s stage was chosen to proclaim the formation of the USSR. Aside from the jaw-dropping setting, the theatre is known for having produced operas by the leading composers of the Russian repertoire (like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev), but it is today perhaps best known for its outstanding ballets. Visiting the Bolshoi you will not only experience world-class art, but you will be surrounded by a dazzling setting seeped in Russian history. More information here: