Everything old will be new again, once the Bolshoi Theatre officially opens its doors in October. Many of the Imperial Russian symbols will be restored including replacing the hammer and sickle with the double-headed eagle over the main entrance of the theatre's facade.
In the White Foyer, the monogram of Nicholas II will be returned to its historic spot, replacing the emblem of the Soviet Union.
Beautiful 19th century Parisian chandeliers have been restored, complete with gold gilding.
The Bolshoi Theatre has been under restoration for more than 6 years, at a cost that has exceeded more than 20 billion rubles! Still, it will be worth it, just to sit in this magnificent theatre and admire its glorious pre-revolutionary interiors once again, before the curtain rises and one can partake of performances such as A Life for the Tsar.
© Royal Russia. 1 April, 2011