Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Festival of Lights - Schauspielhaus am Gendarmenmarkt

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Once a Theater, now a concert hall is one of the masterpieces of classical architecture in Germany and has a long history. As early as 1776 at the instigation of Frederick the Great opened at this point a little comedy house, the Elder to the plans of the Prussian Building Director John Bouman was built. The name change to Royal National Theatre in 1787 highlighted the rise of one of the leading theaters in the country.

At the beginning of the 19th Century, Carl Gotthard Langhans was charged with the construction of the theater, which opened on New Year's Day 1802 ceremony. But in 1817 the theater was destroyed by fire, who made a new building necessary. King Friedrich Wilhelm III. gave the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel's bid for the theater, but he was tied with his plans to several provisions of the King. After three years of construction, the theater was inaugurated in 1821 in the presence of the king.

After the theater had been by the fighting at the end of World War II severely affected, it was built 1979-1984 as a concert hall again.

Source: Berlin.de


1 comment:

  1. Very, very cool! I love the lights shining on that fantastic, historic building!