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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

Hotel Metropol Moscow

2 Teatralny Proezd, Moscow
4.5
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This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. TSUM Department Store and Revolution Square are also within 15 minutes.

$78
Hotel Budapest

Hotel Budapest

2 Petrovskii Linii St., Moscow
4.2
of 5, from 10 reviews
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Located in the heart of Moscow, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Red Square, and St. Basil's Cathedral. Bolshoi Theatre and State Historical Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$176
Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

15/1 Mokhovaya Street, bld. 1, Moscow
4.5
of 5, from 113 reviews
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The historic landmark hotel stands in the center of Moscow across from Red Square and the Kremlin, and walking distance from St. Bazil's Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theater, Pushkin Museum, TSUM, and GUM.

$76
Matreshka Hotel

Matreshka Hotel

Teatralniy Proezd, 3, Bld. 3, Moscow
2.8
of 5, from 74 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Moscow, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$128
Kyznetskiy Inn

Kyznetskiy Inn

Kuznetsky Most Street, 6/3, Bld. 3, Moscow
4.2
of 5, from 29 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Moscow, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bolshoi Theatre and State Historical Museum. Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$277
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

Neglinnaya Street No 4, Moscow
4.7
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This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. Red Square and State Historical Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$165
Peter I Hotel

Peter I Hotel

17 bldg. 1, Neglinnaya St, Moscow
4.3
of 5, from 413 reviews
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Close to many shopping venues, this city-centre hotel is housed in an imperial-style building in the historical district of Moscow, situated 300 metres from Bolshoi Theatre and 1 km from the Kremlin and Red Square.

$156
Hotel Savoy Moscow

Hotel Savoy Moscow

3/6, bld.1, Rozhdestvenka Street, Moscow
4.5
of 5, from 303 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

The hotel is in the Meshchansky district, Moscow's quarter for fashion and culture. Guests can walk to Red Square in 15 minutes to visit the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, and Lenin's tomb, while the renowned Bolshoi Theater is only 2 blocks away, with its program of world-class opera and ballet.