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Rudolfinum
Prague Symphony Orchestra
#About the House of the Prague Symphony Orchestra

The impressive Prague Symphony Orchestra (Rudolfinum) was built in the second half of the 19th century, and today is used as the house of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. This is fancy building in the Neo-Renaissance style, that was renovated in the 20th century, while removing artifacts and decorations from the communist period in Czechoslovakia.

The roof of the building, was originally built as an art gallery and house for artists and people of cultural importance, decorated statues of great composers and figures from the history of Prague.

Incidentally, the connection of the Czech Philharmonic to the building is not new. The first concert of this orchestra took place right here in 1896. The conductor of that concert was the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Dvorak, a national composer and the person who signed some of the great classical works of the period, won that evening on the "Symphony of the New World" - his most famous work.

The building also houses an art gallery with temporary exhibitions. During the winter months, performances are offered for children, like poetry and dance performances and a puppet theater, featuring performances based on fairy tales.



#A Story About a Stupid German Soldier who was Smarter than his Commander

On the roof of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, you will see a row of statues of important musicians and artists. The famous story relates that when the Germans occupied Prague, the commander of the force ordered one of the soldiers to climb onto the roof and destroy the statue of "Jewish Mendelssohn." Mendelssohn was the greatest Jewish composer of classical music.

When the soldier asked the commander how he would recognize Mendelssohn, his commander replied, "by the typical look Jews have." So the soldier, the representative of the Aryan race, rose and destroyed Wagner's statue.

It is not known what punishment the soldier received for destroying the statue of the musician revered by Hitler, who loved Wagner, a famous music genius and anti-Semite. But Mendelssohn is still standing there on the roof with big names, such as Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and other music giants. Only Wagner is missing ...



A Closer Look at the Rudolfinum:

https://youtu.be/PR5s6k5zETw



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/QSSphqxiPRI


From Inside - During a Practice of the Prague Symphony Orchestra:

https://youtu.be/j_47BEO5TnM
Palau de la Msica
Palau de la Música
#About the Luxury Concert Hall of the City

The luxurious concert hall in Barcelona is located at the heart of the city, near the old city. It was built to be used as a concert hall from the Catalonian Choir. The hall was built between 1905 - 1908. It was planned by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The building has a special beauty, for it combines the Modernism style with the neo-Gothic style. Notice especially the glass dome of the building, made out of colorful stained glass.

In 1971 the building was declared a National Site by the Spanish Government, and in 1997 it was chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


#What is the Modernism Style?

Modernist style is actually the Catalan version of the style of architecture and plastic art called in French "Art Nouveau." It is characterized by strong vegetation inspiration, an emphasis on colorfulness, natural and rounded lines, and simple and local materials. The most famous Modernist architect is Gaudi, whose style is identified with him. He used style principles over and over again and used motifs like curved walls reminiscent of waves and almost constant avoidance of straight surfaces. He was not the only one to design in the modernist style - there were other architects who starred in this style in Barcelona, ​​such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Mozarthaus
Mozarthaus
#About the Museum in Memory of the Most Famous Composer in the History of Music

Vienna is the city of birth, or the arena of activity, for quite a few famous composers in music history, including Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Mahler and Hayden. Throughout history, Vienna has become a central place of classical music creation and activity. The most prominent attraction related to the field is the Mozart Museum, which was the home of the great and gifted composer. Here Mozart created some of his brilliant works.

Mozart is known as a composer who transformed from a prodigy child into an incomprehensible musical genius. He was born in the city of Salzburg , but once he became famous he moved to Vienna and began to wander among the various apartments he had allowed himself to rent. In this house he lived and composed between 1784 and 1787, when he was already a composer of renown and status. Some call the place the Figaro House, since it is said that in this house Mozart composed the operas "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" in 1787.

On the four floors of the museum you can see fascinating exhibits, from which you can learn about the composer's lifestyle and daily conduct, in the elegant and luxurious residence of the wealthy family. You will also see Mozart's life's work - exhibits related to his work - written works, pictures, paintings and artifacts. Throughout the museum you will listen to his works that are played on the loudspeakers of the place. On the ground floor of the museum there is a café and souvenir shop for visitors to enjoy.

The museum is definitely worth a visit because it is actually used as a glimpse into the Viennese culture, life, and history of one of the great cultural foundations of the 18th century and one of the greatest musicians in history.



#What's the Story of Mozart's Wonderful Memory? - (Courtesy of Eureka Encyclopedia)

Mozart was a musical genius who had already become a legend in his childhood. He wrote his first concerto at the age of 4, the first symphony at the age of six, and wrote a full opera at the age of 12.

These are unimaginable achievements, but it seems that the memory of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was even more amazing. As a child, during a visit to Rome with his father and sister, Mozart heard the performance of a work called "Miserere" by composer Gregorio Allegri. This work is so holy that it was forbidden to play it, but rather as part of a ceremony held at the Vatican, the Christian Papal State, a ceremony that takes place only once a year. In addition, because of its holiness, the notes of this work were kept under heavy guard, so that they would not be copied by others.

But history tells us that Mozart as a boy, with his extraordinary memory, managed to write out the notes almost entirely from memory - after only one listening!



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT--1yOr_Sk
Akademie der Wissenschaften
Austrian Academy of Sciences
#About the Academy Where Beethoven Orchestrated his Symphonies

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (Akademie der Wissenschaften) was founded to promote Austrian scientific research and is the largest institution in Austria for non-university research. It was founded in 1847 and is now an institution with a budget of 135 million euros, with more than 770 members, around 1,600 employees and 28 research facilities.

The main tasks of the Academy are scientific, political and research advice. It works to promote and provide scholarships and prizes to outstanding young scientists. Within the framework of international programs and collaborations, the Austrian Academy of Sciences also maintains a worldwide research network that operates 28 research institutes in the fields of humanities, culture, nature and technology. It supports cooperation between scientists and participation in large-scale international projects.

But wait, not only science has advanced in the building of the Academy of Sciences before which you stand. Right here was the premieres of the sixth and seventh symphonies of the composer of the great symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven, conducted by Beethoven himself. So you can not enter the building itself without closing your eyes and imagining the deaf Beethoven winning this building, the orchestra performing the Sixth Symphony in the background. He did so without hearing the wonderful music he composed as the orchestra plays, but the music that plays in his head, though his memory and his wonderful inner music...

Classical Music

Musikverein
Musikverein
#About Vienna's Beautiful Concert Hall

The Vienna Concert Hall is well known for its excellent acoustics, making it to be one of the three best concert halls in the world, along with the Symphony Hall in Boston and the Concert Hausbau of Amsterdam.

The land for building the concert hall was received by the Friends of Music Association from Emperor Franz Joseph. It opened in 1870 and is the permanent residence of the Vienna Philharmonic. In 1907 the organ was installed in the building.

The main hall is spectacular. It is coated in gold, contains about 1,744 seats and another 300 seats for standing spectators. The design combines wood and crystal, giving the place a luxurious and festive atmosphere.

During the first decade of the new millennium, renovations and expansions were conducted in the building, and additional halls were added to it. Each year, on January 1st, there is a festive concert symbolizing the beginning of the new year.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VCYeqhjqYQ
Vienna Boys' Choir
Hofburgkapelle
#About the Imperial Choir Where Boys from Vienna Can Be Heard

In the Hofburg Palace is the Imperial Chapel or the Imperial Court Chapel. This chapel is a kind of private church where the imperial family used to pray with the nobility of the empire and their relatives, and is part of the Hofburg Palace. Nowadays it is best known as a place where one can see one of the wonders of the world of classical music - the boys' choir from Vienna.

The Vienna Boys' Choir is held every Sunday at Mass, held at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. During Mass anyone can hear the world's best boys' choir.

The Vienna Boys' Choir is an amazing boy’s choir that has been running continuously since 1498. It is the only one in the world that can boast of two of the great musicians, as its alumni - both Schubert and Haydn participated in the choir as boys.

The founder of this special choir was Emperor Maximilian I, who in 1498 decided to establish a boys' choir, and this was the result.
It is one of the most famous choirs in the world. This is not a school choir or merely a chorus of some godforsaken town in Austria. The innocent voices you will hear in their concerts have no competition.

In fact, today there are only four comparable boys' choirs, ages between 10 and 14 and they are not only Austrians, but talented boys from all over the world. These boys are interviewed while the choir arrives in their city, and the accepted then participate and learn from the choir from all over the world, including places like New Zealand, the United States and Australia.



#Tips

Want to hear them? – Visitors must purchase tickets online in advance and then go to Mass on Sunday morning and listen to the Vienna Boys Choir singing.
The Vienna Boys Choir sings during mass every Sunday between September and March.

Seating tickets must be booked at least two months in advance.

You can watch and listen for free, from a distance. This way you can also see the boys singing, on a screen.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/FQbnLBkglow
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera
#About the Vienna Opera House

The Vienna Royal Opera House is one of the most important cultural symbols in Vienna. It was built at the end of the 19th century and features a hall with more than 2,200 seats inviting curious visitors. This is, as far as we know, the only opera house in the world where a different opera is shown every evening!

The opera house was inaugurated in 1869 by Emperor Franz Josef. The first opera performed here was Mozart's Don Giovanni. It is interesting to hear what the emperor said about the opera "The music is great but not suitable for the mouths of my ‘Viennese’." The witty Mozart replied, "Then they will have to learn to chew."

As part of the Allied bombing during the World War II, part of the building was destroyed. It was reopened only in 1955 by a performance of the opera "Fidelio" conducted by Karl Bohm.

Thousands of tourists come here with guided tour to the impressive entrance hall, the main stairway, the halls, the reception rooms and the view of the central stage. Through the guided tour comes alive the rich and amazing history of the building, combining elements of real costumes, backdrops and large portraits.

The repertoire of the performances, held here every evening, is particularly varied - from Baroque works to 20th century works. The Opera, the Ballet and the annual Opera Ball are all shown here and anyone can book tickets in advance.



#Tips

If you wait in line in the afternoon, you can purchase tickets for the opera for less than 5 euros. Watching while standing, the view excellent, and contrary to what you will think - it is so special that it will not be difficult to stand for two hours.

Between April and September, the Opera House broadcasts over 100 operas and classical performances on a huge screen in the square opposite the Opera House.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dQhWzm-4bgQ
Teatr Wielki
Grand Theatre
#About Warsaw's Opera House

The Grand Theatre (Teatr Wielki) is the National Opera House in Poland, and hosts many classical performances throughout the year, from the big opera repertoire, as well as by known Polish composers.

The impressive Opera House was opened in 1833, the outstanding tradition brought it to a world-class level of first-rate cultural performances. It is considered one of the largest and best theaters in Europe and in addition to opera performances, many ballet performances are also performed here.



#Tips

Tickets are fairly priced between 10 to 40 euros for a ticket in a good place at the theater.

You can see performances online on their website.



A Closer Look at the Theatre:

https://youtu.be/ONFITiQKpu8


Special Lighting:

https://youtu.be/7DRFl3vTCKI


Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina
Chopin Monument
#About the Monument for the Great Polish Composer

The Chopin Monument (Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina), in Lazienki Park, is in the Art Deco style, commemorating the great composer, the Polish genius, Frederic Chopin.

The monument is surrounded by many benches, where you can hear Chopin's music with the click of a button.

Warsaw locals love to come here and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, it gets a little more crowded during the Sunday concerts that happen here twice a day. The Sunday concerts are free on Sunday afternoons. Classical piano music is played, presenting the genius's compositions.

The monument itself was created in 1926, and notice that the shape of the statue changes as you look from different angles.



#Tips

Every Sunday afternoon there is a free concert here with Chopin played on piano, by great artists from Warsaw. This is a great experience, especially with nice weather!

The concerts here are on Sundays, at 12:00 pm and again at 4:00 pm.




Concert at the Park - Chopin's Music Near the Monument:

https://youtu.be/0Sqz7oW9JRw
Opera House
#About the Opera House in Budapest

Even if you don't want to dedicate an evening to one of the classical opera's creations by Hungarian composers like Franz Liszt or Zoltán Kodály, a visit to the Opera House should not be missed. The Opera House is a main and popular attraction in Budapest, and among the most beautiful Opera Houses around the world.

Except for opera, other shows both classical and modern are shown here on an international scale, and two ballet companies, the most important ones in Budapest, and Hungary in general.

It is recommended to go on a guided tour in the Opera House or buy a ticket to an opera, there are tickets are different price levels. These operas are performed nightly and be sure to spare some time for a tour.


#The History of the Opera House

The Budapest Opera House was inaugurated in 1884 as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Hungary of those days was very rich, and many funds and resources were allotted to the new building.

The results did not disappoint. The guests to the Opera House opening were astonished. The Opera House was luxurious and highly invested and immediately became one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.

Somehow, this building survived World War II and was not damaged. On the surviving walls you can see the original paintings, the frescoes that were preserved without harm. Like them, hundreds of beautiful sculptures survived that are spread around the building and are a symbol of luxury in the opera hall itself.

In order to restore it to its former glory, the building was renovated in the 1980's and was cleaned up with government funds. This is how it was able to turn into such a tourist cultural attraction, among the best in Budapest.


#Archicture of the Opera House

The Opera House of Budapest opened in 1884, is considered one of the more beautiful Opera Houses in the world. This building was planned in the neo-Renaissance style, by the Hungarian architect from the 19th century Miklos Ybl. Those who love architecture should come here for a day tour.

At the exterior statues were placed of a few of the great composers in the history of Opera and classical music, including Mozart, Beethoven, Vardi, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky.

It is not only from the outside that this building is impressive. It is also impressive from the inside. On the main staircase on the building, the most famous people in Europe walked between the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Anyone belonging to the Hungarian nobility or elite came here during those days. The ladies of Budapest's high society used to present at the operas of the times, the fashion trends and the luxury jewelry they received from their rich husbands.

In the main hall of the Opera House, there are no less than 1,200 seats available. There are hundreds of sculptures, frescoes, and golden decorations that twinkle, each weighing 7 kilos. Part of the decorations on the walls are made of golden leaves covered in 24-carat gold.



#Tips

The ticket prices here are affordable, but it is recommended to order them in advance on the website.

When buying tickets for the booths, buy the tickets for the first row in the box, the only row that you can see from.

The dress code is crucial here - women have to wear evening dresses, and men - only suits!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rzyxU1kDOQk


From Outside:

https://youtu.be/xt9PM7jfwns
Opera Garnier
#About the Garnier Opera

The National Open House of Paris, Opera Garnier, is a big and impressive building locating in the ninth district, north of the tuilerie area. This is one of the most famous opera buildings in the world, for its prime feature of being the setting of the novel "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux, whose story line has been the basis of many movies

During its earlier years the building was called "The Paris Opera House," but after the opening of the Opera Bastille in 1989, the building's name changed to "Opera Garnier."

The building's area is 11,000 square meters, and has 1,979 seats. The large stage holds up to 450 people. It is possible to go into the building not during show times for a fee.

Today you can listen to the National Opera and see the ballet company.



#Opera Garnier Architecture

In 1858, while Napoleon III was visiting the official opera building with his wife, there was an assasintation attempt against his life. Following this incident, Napoleon decided to build the new opera building, bigger and more impressive then the one where the attempt happened. Charles Garnier won the bid to design the building, and was comparitively young and did not have much experience, not much, that this was actually the first building he designed. Back to our story, to avoid future attempts, a safe passageway was built to allow the leader to descend straight to his carriage. The building began in 1862 and was finished in 1875.

Garnier managed to create a beautiful archictual design, advanced and modern. The building began in in 1861 and was finalized only 14 years later. The reasons for the delays was the Prussian-French War, the fall of the second empire and the conquoring of Paris by the Prussians. Another reason for the delays was an underground lake located under the contruction, an inspiration for the "Phantom of the Opera." The building was completed on January 15th, 1875.

The impressive building is decorated accordingly: marble friezes, gold and velvet walls, and sculptures of cherubs and nymphs. In 1964, the painter Marc Chagall was invited to decorate the ceiling of the opera.

The Opera Garnier is the most expensive building to be built during the second empire. The building is in the Neo-Baroque style, mixed with classical. It is considered an architectual wonder among the theater styles of the 19th century.



#Opera for the Subscribers

The opera building had very particular purposes- serving the opera subscribers. Subscribers had an annual subscription, and strictly came five days a week to the opera. They were less interested in the music, which served as background music for them, but more in the presence - to see and be seen. This is also why the architect Garnier built the building in this manner - the public areas comprise half of the building, the hall itself occupies only a quarter of it and the remaining quarters are rehearsal areas and offices.

The entrance hall is covered with mirrors, so visitors can check themselves out, and from here go up the wide marble stairs leading to the large and spacious waiting rooms. From the steps and the balconies, you can see everyone who enters the hall. What is absurd, is that the hall itself was built so that visitors can easily observe the other boxes, and with a little less of a view of the stage.

An interesting fact about the Opera Garnier is about the velvety red color of the chairs in the hall. Today it looked like a routine color, but back when the opera opened, the use of red fabrics was new. Garnier said that he decided to use this color because the women who come to the opera are like jewelry and therefore they should sit in a jewelry box (which was cushioned at that time). The bold idea succeeded, and today most of the concert halls, cinema and opera are lined with the color velvety red.

In order to provide an attraction to the public, Garnier installed a clock that shows the days of the week and the days of the month and built a "sunset room" with optical illusions. If you stand in the center of the room you can see the sun setting.



#Phantom of the Opera

The Opera Garnier was also the setting for the Phantom of the Opera, a Gothic-detective horror novel that became famous through many films, musicals and other versions over the years, originally written by the French writer Gaston Leroux and first published in 1909. It was serialized in the French press.

The story, some of which is real and some fictional, deals with the tragic love of a twisted genius for a talented young opera singer. According to the novel, the phantom is a twisted musical genius who was involved in the construction of an opera house, where he secretly built a network of tunnels and secret passages that allow him to move around the building like a ghost and impose his authority over the structure. The story is structured as a detective investigation and includes conversations with the various characters who survived and tell the story from their point of view.

The phantom story has become a cult legend and today it is surrounded by sworn fans who invented even a nickname: Phantom Phans. From the complex figure of the phantom Erik, through the music created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, to the design elements associated with the character: the huge organ, candles and candlesticks, masks, black velvet robes, chandeliers and so on. Many of the fans wrote their own versions of the story, some wrote their sequels - they publish their works across the Internet on various fan sites, and some even went so far as to print their versions.

To this day, one fan is known to love the phantom legend so much that she changed her legal name to Christine Daae, like the singer she loved from the novel.
Varna Opera Theatre
#About the Municipal Opera House in Varna
The Varna Opera Theater is one of Varna's most renowned sites.

This is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. It was built in the early 20th century in the Baroque style and became the official home of the Varna Theater Group and the City Opera Company.


Advertisement for the Academy of Opera in Varna:

https://youtu.be/3bkhQUsWCw8
Romanian Athenaeum
#About the Concert Hall that Must be Visited

The magnificent building in front of you, with the pink marble pillars, is the home of the Philharmonic Orchestra. It is called the Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român). Its magnificent stairways, frescoes and domes of golden leaves all create a magnificent aesthetic play, making it one of the iconic symbols of Bucharest.

This hall houses the important concerts of the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra. It is known for its amazing acoustics, which are mainly responsible for the well-designed round room. The hall opened to the public in 1888 and can accommodate up to 800 spectators.

If you enter the concert hall, pay attention to the giant fresco painting on the ceiling, which describes important moments in Romanian history. If you decide to stay outside, try to catch a few moments of tranquility in the little park in front of the building, under a statue by Mihai Aminescu, Romania's greatest poet.


#Tips

If you like classical music and want to listen to a concert, the tickets to the front lines are very cheap. Enjoy!


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/IMwQJ69JUlk


A Concert:

https://youtu.be/IZn77ZuVQZg
Frederic Chopin Museum
#About the Interactive Museum in Memory of the Genius Polish Pianist

The Frederic Chopin Museum (Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina) is dedicated to a cultural hero, a source of pride for Warsaw and the whole Polish nation. It represents a wide variety of items that have been collected in the 1930's, while the greatest composer in the history of Poland was still alive.

The museum, considered today one of the more modern museums in Europe, displays items through technological attractions, and showcases the life, history and works of the composer known for the Polonaise, the Minuets and his beloved waltzes. The museum gives a glimpse into the world of one of the most prominent composers of the Romantic period, and visitors feel like Chopin's guests. Visitors can experience the short but impressive course of his life and hear his works in an experiential way.

The museum has collected many items from Chopin's life, the largest Chopin collection in the world, that began being assembled in 1934, and continues to grow today. Over 5,000 items here are connected to Chopin, such as statues, paintings and photos of him, sheet music, letters, authentic trinkets and souvenirs, hand-written documents by Chopin, personal belongings that he used in his daily life, and even his last piano, from the 1940's.

Among the more sentimental items, there are photos of Chopin in his PJ's, photos of his last moments while laying down on his deathbed, curls from the genius's hair, and dried flowers that had been kept from his sickbed.



#Tips

On Sundays entrance is free.

The museum hosts many concerts and recitals. Take a look at the schedule on the museum website linked below.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://youtu.be/HBFQv2kxVE0



Chopin's Ballade in G minor from the film "The Pianist":

https://youtu.be/jHfQCfUTlXE



Waltz to Chopin's "Spring":

https://youtu.be/Mo2BbAS_4bs
Concertgebouw
#About the Concert Building

The concert building, and the home of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, is considered one of the three finest concert halls in the world. It has outstanding acoustics, which provide wonderful sound and enhance the audience's experience.

The exterior and interior architecture of the building, designed by Dutch architect Adolf Leonard van Gendt, is strikingly impressive. The walls of the building are decorated with golden flowers and angels. The building is filled with columns, arches and huge chandeliers that provide the place with a royal touch.

The museum opened in 1888, and in the first concert held here, works by Beethoven and Bach, two of the greatest classical composers of all time, were played. The orchestra at the time had 100 musicians and a chorus of 500 singers.

The Main Hall is the most impressive. It is painted in royal colors of red and gold. The hall is 44 meters long, 28 meters wide and 17 meters tall. It has over 2,000 comfortable and inviting seats. Almost one million people arrive every year to enjoy quality concerts and other musical performances.

Apart from the Main Hall, you'll also find two small oval halls - the Small Hall and the Hall of Mirrors. The Small Hall holds mainly chamber music concerts. The doors of the second hall, the Hall of Mirrors, are covered in - you guessed it! – mirrors.

In the halls, you can listen to all types of performances. Each year there are about 800 concerts in the various halls. Any lover of classical music will find performances of a world-renowned Philharmonic orchestra, or the highest quality and expertise in the world of classical music. In addition to these performances, there are also recitals, solo acts, and performances by various ensembles. And if you thought the place was only for adults, you thought wrong. There are also concerts for children, which provide them with a genuine, high quality musical experience.



A Closer Look at the Concert Hall:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsz7-X_dBJU
Verona Arena
#About the Huge Amphitheater of the City

The Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) is a Roman amphitheater, which, like the Colosseum in Rome, was used in ancient times for gladiatorial battles, games, circuses and tournaments. The huge building was built in the year 30 AD and has been well preserved to this day. With 22,000 seats, it is no wonder that during the Roman period it was considered one of the largest stadiums in the world.

This is not just another ancient site from the Roman period, or even an ordinary Roman arena. Verona's Arena is considered the well-preserved Roman amphitheater - the third largest in the world. Even if there is no performance, it is recommended to enter and be impressed by it from the inside as well.

As one of the most preserved Roman amphitheaters there, and thanks to its excellent acoustics, the Arena is still used for concerts, operas and classical concerts known all over the world. In July and August, each year there is the Verona Opera Festival, one of the largest summer events in Europe.


#What Will You See Inside?
With 72 impressive stone arches, 44 rows and 22,000 seats, Verona's amphitheater is the third largest in the world

The entrance is a double archway called the Portoni di Bra. This arch remains as a remnant of the 14th century city walls. Here you will reach a large triangular piazza surrounded by large buildings from a variety of historical periods. At the entrance you will see the Lystone, a wide 18th-century sidewalk made of fine red marble, brought here from the quarries in the mountains near Verona.

The dimensions of the elliptical structure are 110 by 140 meters. In the past it was even larger, but during an earthquake in 1183, parts of it were muted and it is the size that remains. Many other stones were taken from here to build churches in the Middle Ages and other periods.

The orchestra area was restored in 1913 and has since been used for concerts during the summer season. Every year, Verdi's opera "Aida," whose plot takes place in ancient Egypt, is performed here.


#History of the Arena

Verona's amphitheater is the third largest in the world, indicating the importance and strength of Verona in the Roman era.

The Arena, which was then built outside the walls of the city, is built of red bricks or a type of pink-white marble.

An earthquake that occurred in 1117 destroyed the outer arches of the Arena, leaving only a meager remnant that can be seen on the northwestern edge of the amphitheater. The ruins that surrounded it were used in the Middle Ages as a huge source for stone construction. From here stones were taken to new buildings and misery dominated the glorious amphitheater of yesteryear. It was only during the Renaissance that the central part of the Arena was restored.

In the 18th century, the Arena was again used for theater and entertainment. In 1913 the opera Aida by Verdi was performed for the first time. Since this premiere, the performance of this opera here has become a tradition of many years.

And in general - every summer there are spectacular opera performances to which viewers from all over the world flock to watch and listen to the Italian operas in an authentic, powerful, great place with excellent acoustics.


#Tips

The Verona Opera Festival takes place here during July and August. It is considered one of the most prominent music events in the summer of Europe. Book ahead of time!

Tickets at the last minute can be bought, if left, on the morning of the show at the Arena ticket office. They occupy the back of the Arena and without a reserved place. The price is only 12 euros.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/78INR6VD2WY?t=1m39s&end=2m33s


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/hVZbPsYJ05I


Opera in the Arena:

https://youtu.be/cUN5qAnW0Ho


Adele Performning in the Arena:

https://youtu.be/O0IBihG-xY0
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
#About the Cultural and Art Center Named after Lincoln

In the framework of Robert Moses' plan, which attempted to transform the city in the 1960's, the Lincoln Center was built. The center serves 12 art groups, including those of the Chamber Music Society, Juilliard School, New York City Opera and more.

The building is spread over 61 acres in New York. Within the center there are 29 halls and theaters and you can also see them through the guided tours.

At the center of the complex you can see the magnificent water fountain and in the summer there will also be performances open to the general public.

As part of the events taking place here, you can watch famous operas, ballets and dance performances and listen to concerts from all over the world.

This place is also very popular among the local New Yorkers, they expect the main program to be published every year, and the tickets are pre-ordered, so you tourists will not have an easy time getting a ticket.



A Closer Look at the Center:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqUTUF6W2Cc


Teatro alla Scala
#The Most Famous Opera House in the World

Whether you enjoy classical music or pop music, why not visit one of the world's most important opera houses?

La Scala is probably the most famous opera house in the world. There is no singer, dancer, or classical conductor who would not dream of performing here. The audience at La Scala is famous not only for the cheers and enthusiastic applause that promotes artists it likes, but also for heckling the artists they dislike.

Here were the premieres of the greatest classical composers of Italy, such as Verdi, Rossini and Puccini. Every evening, the biggest stars of the opera world and the greatest conductors lead the performance of the best operas in the world.

The amazing thing is that despite the tremendous importance of this opera house and theater, it is hard to believe, from the outside, that this is the place. Its structure is very simple, at least according to the accepted European standards. The feeling changes only when you enter and are exposed to the splendor and elegance of the spaces and halls of the building. The feeling when you will walk in La Scala is that you are walking in a typical chapel of the European nobility. After being destroyed by fire, its neoclassical building was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.

This hall hosts the best opera singers in the world every evening. Its main hall has 2,000 seats and magnificent upper galleries. Pay attention to the high ceiling and its characteristic red and gold colors.

La Scala, just minutes away from the Duomo, is also the largest theater in Europe. In addition to the large hall, there are other luxurious halls, where for many years they have been holding magnificent balls and glamorous cultural evenings. There are also ballet performances, concerts and other cultural performances here, and this place is one of the most important cultural centers of the entire city.

The building also houses the Theater Museum of La Scala, which is a fascinating and impressive place in itself. Read more about it by clicking the tag "Teatro alla Scala".



#Theater Architecture

The elegant theater of the Opera House was planned in 1776 by neo-classical architect Giuseppe Piermarini. The building was built here after the Teatro Regio Ducale Theater burned down, the former theater which was used by the city's residents for years.

The name of the theater and the opera La Scala originates from the fact that the theater was built where the steps of the Church of Santa Maria were once located. "Scala" in Italian means a staircase.

The main hall of the theater, with its high ceiling, is decorated with elegant and luxurious colors of red and gold. The hall has 2,000 seats. It also has very luxurious upper galleries, which are worth visiting. The smaller halls in the building are grand halls, used for glamorous banquets and prestigious cultural evenings.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/mzdxAEJUi0k
Istanbul Military Museum
#About the Historical Military Arms Museum

For lovers of military history, the Istanbul Military Museum (Askeri Muzesi) in Istanbul is a must-see museum.

In this military museum, which once was a powerful empire with a very strong army, you can see an impressive collection of weapons, maps, uniforms, pictures, miscellaneous ammunition and uniforms from the Ottoman army, the Turkish army and more.

In the museum you can also learn about Turkey's military history and see a huge range of military items from close up, including hundreds of weapons of all shapes and sizes, ranging from multiple guns to tanks, planes from the beginning of aviation and more.


# Ottoman Military Music

Even if the museum is fascinating to history and army enthusiasts, many come here specifically to experience the military music of the Janissaries orchestra, the traditional Turkish army orchestra. This military orchestra gives another aspect of the city's music life and contributes to the acquaintance of Istanbul's past culture.

The orchestra appears in the museum with flags and musical instruments used by the Janissaries to play before the battle. Members of the orchestra are dressed in traditional clothes. They perform music and military songs from the time of the Ottoman Empire, from which the Turkish state was born today.

The Janissaries were an imperial order, founded in the 15th century, and had accompanied the Turkish soldiers to battle.


#Tips


The Janissaries band performs daily, between 3 and 4 pm, except on Mondays and Tuesdays when the museum is closed.

Those interested can watch the performance in a the video.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/sZmYXbLxxXo


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