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The interiors of the Bolshoi Theater after restoration

The State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia, State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Russia, or just the Bolshoi Theater is one of the largest in Russia and one of the most significant opera and ballet theaters in the world. The complex of theater buildings is located in the center of Moscow, at the Teatralnaya (Theater) Square.

July 1, 2005 the theater was closed for the long-planned reconstruction. On Friday, October 28, 2011 after six years of large-scale reconstruction the Bolshoi Theater was reopened.

During numerous restoration works original inner face of the Bolshoi Theatre existed in the 19th century was recreated. The elements of the interiors were restored with the help of old photographs and paintings, fragments that survived in the Soviet era.

The total cost of the work amounted to about 21 billion rubles or about 700 million USD.

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