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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 Metropol Moscow ¥13,677
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 National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow ¥10,976
    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.

      Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat ¥4,513
      Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat

      Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat

      Ulitsa Novy Arbat, 15, Moscow, Moscow
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of Lotte Plaza and Arbat Street. Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Armoury Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arbatskaya Station - Arbatsko - Pokrovskaya Line is 9 minutes by foot and Arbatskaya Station - Filyovskaya Line is 11 minutes.

        Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel ¥10,942
        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 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.

          Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow ¥16,413
          Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

          Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

          Ul. Balchug 1, Moscow
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zaryadye Park, Moscow Kremlin, and Red Square. St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Novokuznetskaya Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tretyakovskaya Station is 10 minutes.

            Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel ¥6,839
            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.

              Hotel Savoy Moscow
              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.

                Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow ¥30,090
                Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

                Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

                Neglinnaya Street No 4, Moscow
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Kremlin, and Red Square. St. Basil's Cathedral and Kremlin Armoury Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Teatral'naya Station is only a 5-minute walk and Ploshchad Revolyutsii Station is 8 minutes.