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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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Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel ¥16,531
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 TsUM — Central Universal Department Store 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.

    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow ¥31,838
    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 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 15 minutes. Kuznetsky Bridge Station and Teatral'naya Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Metropol Moscow ¥20,169
      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 Lubyanka Station is 6 minutes.

        Four Seasons Hotel Moscow ¥46,821
        Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

        Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

        2 Okhotny Ryad Street, Moscow
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Historical Museum and Bolshoi Theatre. Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square are also within 10 minutes. Okhotny Ryad Station is only a 2-minute walk and Teatral'naya Station is 2 minutes.

          Grada Boutique Hotel ¥8,404
          Grada Boutique Hotel

          Grada Boutique Hotel

          Kuznetsky Most Street, 6/3, Bld. 3, Moscow
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Moscow City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bolshoi Theatre, State Historical Museum, and Lenin's Mausoleum. Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kuznetsky Bridge Station is 5 minutes by foot and Teatral'naya Station is 6 minutes.

            Matreshka Hotel ¥4,147
            Matreshka Hotel

            Matreshka Hotel

            Teatralniy Proezd, 3, Bld. 3, Moscow, Moscow
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Moscow City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 15 minutes. Kuznetsky Bridge Station and Teatral'naya Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow ¥33,135
              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 5-minute walk of Manezh Square and Moscow Kremlin. Bolshoi Theatre and GUM Department Store are also within 10 minutes. Okhotny Ryad Station is only a 2-minute walk and Teatral'naya Station is 4 minutes.

                Old Town Hotel ¥5,402
                Old Town Hotel

                Old Town Hotel

                Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street, bld. 8/5, Moscow
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Moscow City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of TsUM — Central Universal Department Store and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum are also within 15 minutes. Teatral'naya Station is only a 5-minute walk and Kuznetsky Bridge Station is 6 minutes.