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Bolshoi Theatre

A centerpiece of the Russian arts scene, this theater’s magnificent auditorium and top-tier productions will impress even the most jaded theatergoer.

The Bolshoi Theatre has a long and interesting history and has been staging some of the best productions in Russia for more than 200 years. Today it hosts ballet and opera. Book tickets well in advance to enjoy a performance in its regal setting.

The Bolshoi started out as the private project of a prince in 1776. The first theater buildings were ruined by fires in 1805, 1812 and 1853. Come here today and you’ll see the latest Bolshoi building, which first opened in 1856. Under Soviet rule, the Bolshoi saw its funding slashed, but today the company is thriving.

The drama begins before you even enter the theater with its stunning façade. Sit near the pleasant fountain outside and admire the exterior, with its grand columns and imposing entrance. Look for the statue of Apollo overlooking Moscow as he drives a horse-drawn chariot. If the image looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen it already on Russia’s 100-ruble note.

Step inside to see a ballet or opera performance in stunning surroundings. The word “Bolshoi” comes from the Russian word for “large.” As you enter the auditorium, you’ll soon see why the theater was given this name. At about 70 feet (21 meters) tall and 85 feet (26 meters) wide, it can hold 2,153 audience members. It also has six tiers of attractively lit seating, which add to the opulent atmosphere.

Look upward to see a huge chandelier and the various murals dominating the Bolshoi’s vast ceiling. Note the impeccable condition of the works; the theater looks particularly splendid following a 6-year renovation that was completed in 2011. All this grandeur makes it a perfect location to enjoy a ballet or opera performance.

Buy tickets for the Bolshoi Theatre online or at the box office in Moscow. The Teatralnaya metro station is just a short walk from the venue.

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Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow ¥18,199
Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

15/1 Mokhovaya Street, bld. 1, Moscow
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bolshoi Theatre and State Historical Museum. Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square are also within 15 minutes. Teatral'naya Station is only a 4-minute walk and Ploshchad Revolyutsii Station is 10 minutes.

    Hotel Metropol Moscow ¥17,384
    Hotel Metropol Moscow

    Hotel Metropol Moscow

    2 Teatralny Proezd, Moscow
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. TsUM — Central Universal Department Store and Revolution Square are also within 10 minutes. Teatral'naya Station is 6 minutes by foot and Ploshchad Revolyutsii Station is 6 minutes.

      Hotel Savoy Moscow ¥14,574
      Hotel Savoy Moscow

      Hotel Savoy Moscow

      3/6, bld.1, Rozhdestvenka Street, Moscow
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuznetsky Most and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 15 minutes. Kuznetsky Bridge Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lubyanka Station is 5 minutes.

        Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel ¥10,370
        Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel

        Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel

        26/1, Tverskaya Street, Moscow
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Tverskoy, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Arbat Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Mayakovskaya Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tverskaya Station is 7 minutes.

          Peter 1 Hotel ¥9,769
          Peter 1 Hotel

          Peter 1 Hotel

          17 bldg. 1, Neglinnaya St, Moscow
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow ¥34,221
            The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

            The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

            Tverskaya Street 3, Moscow
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Manezh Square, Bolshoi Theatre, and GUM Department Store. TsUM — Central Universal Department Store and St. Basil's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Okhotny Ryad Station is only a 2-minute walk and Teatral'naya Station is 4 minutes.

              Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center ¥6,049
              Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center

              Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center

              Voznesenskiy Pereulok 7, Moscow
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel ¥19,444
                Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel

                Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel

                11 Petrovka Street, Moscow
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuznetsky Most and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kuznetsky Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Teatral'naya Station is 8 minutes.