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Bolshoi Theatre

Established in 1776, the Bolshoi theatre and ballet companies are among the oldest in the world. The first theatre building was opened in 1780, but was destroyed by fire in 1805. The company relocated to the Petrovsky Theatre, where it remained until 1812, when the building was also consumed by fire during Napoleon’s invasion. A new building, designed by Osip Bove and Andrei Mikhailov, opened in 1825 on the original site, to international acclaim, but in 1853 it too was ravaged by fire. Its restoration was overseen by architect Albert Kavos, who increased the building’s height and chose the current decor. It reopened in 1856 and ...

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