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Day Tour around Vilnius city and Trakai Castle
"Tour starts by discovering Vilnius old town: from classical Town Hall the small church of St. Anna - a gem of Gothic architecture old Vilnius University central Cathedral square. Then move to ""another"" republic of Lithuania - Uzupis area with its Angel and unique constitution. Church of St. Peter and Paul - one of the most beautiful catholic Church also be visited on the tour. After that you explore Vilnius surroundings - unique geological monument - Puckoriai exposure with its enchantin authentic Exile Memorial which reminds the painful part of Lithuanian history. Besides you visit literary Markuciai Manor
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Private Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour
"On this private tour you will see all of the main symbols of the city architectural and historical landmarks and other interesting objects of present life in the city and its citizens as well as places which big groups can't visit.This private walking tour starts at the very heart of Vilnius - the Valley of Shventa and will hopefully serve as a good starting point from which to explore the city further on your own."""This private walking tour starts at the very heart of Vilnius - the Valley of Shventaragis and finishes at the miraculous image of the Madonna in Gate of Dawn.title=Highlights&1=Private+2.5-hour+walking+tour+of+Vilnius+Old+Town&2=Explore+Vilnius%E2%80%99+historic+Old+Town+with+a+private+guide&3=Admire+famous+landmarks+such+as+Gediminas%27+Tower%2C+the+Presidential+Palace+and+Vilnius+Cathedral&4=Gain+insight+int
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Vilnius Private Tour: Uzhupis City Walking Tour
"Although Uzhupis (Užupis) is a vital neighbourhood in Vilnius City it beats to the rhythm of its own drum. As this neighbourhood is separated by a river from the old town it's name hails from a literal phrase “beyond the river” pronounced ‘Uzhupis’. Back in the day Uzhupis used to be a drowsy even rough neighbourhood but today it's an artists paradise and bohemian Vilnius getaway often compared to Montmartre in Paris or Kristiania in Copenhagen. Through the initiative of some Uzhupis residents
From EUR11.00

Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre Tips (7)

Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre

The present building of the Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre was built in Soviet Constructivism style between 1934 and 1939 after designs of the Belarusian architect Iosif Langbard.

It is officially called: National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.

During WWII the theatre was bombed, but luckily stayed almost undamaged. During this time it was turned into stables by the Nazis.

Between 2006 and 2009 the building and the surrounding area underwent massive renovations. The current theatre has a capacity of 1200 people.

Directions:
The magnificent building of the Belarusian Opera and Ballet theatre towers on top of Troitsky Hill, at
the eastern end of Minsk's old town (Trinity Suburb, Traiyetskoye Predmestye).

Address: Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre, pl. Parizhskaya Kommuna 1, Minsk

Website: http://belarusopera.by/

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HORSCHECK
Feb 23, 2012

Belarussian Opera/Ballet - MUST see

I LOVE Belarussian Opera and Ballet! If you are in Minsk, you absolutely must see it! I promise, you won`t be disappointed (and it`s SO affordable anyway).

As our original Opera/Ballet theater (on Parizskoj Kommyni square) is under reconstruction (see picture #3), the operas/ballets are held in the Palace of Republic on Oktyabr`skaya square.

Tickets can be bought in the theater`s ticket office OR on Nezavisimosti avenue next to GUM (see lady standing in a small booth covered with posters - few yards on your left from the GUM entrance if you are facing the building).

Price range is from 3500 (~$1.6) to 20 000 belarussian rubles (~$9.00).

MUST see ballets:
- ESPECIALLY: Karl Orf`s 'Karmina Burana' + Bize`s 'Karmen Suita' - I`ve seen it 3 times and still cannot get enough. ;-)
- Petrov`s 'Sotvorenie Mira' [translation: Creation of the World].

Performance starts at 7.00 pm.
Theater does not work on Mondays.

OPERA schedule.
BALLET schedule.

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sunshine9689
Mar 20, 2008

Minsk Grand Opera

Today on March 27 is the International Theatre Day, and I thought it would be a good day to book the tickets.

That’s no brainer as such – they take credit cards, and the transaction went very smoothly, all in all hardly taking 5 minutes.

The problem was to choose the right seat for the ballet. With opera you just take the inexpensive balcony, but make sure it’s opposite the stage – connoisseurs say this is where the sound goes.
But with ballet I have no experience whatsoever – used to make little sense with my eyesight, until I got new crystal lenses. The photo here is the best I could find – hope they have ascent in the stalls, and I will see both Romeo and his Juliette :)

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Muscovite
Jan 20, 2016

‘Romeo & Juliette’ in Minsk Opera

I’ll upload the full review later, when I have time.

So far I can tell you that the production is (a) marvelous and (b) rare, not the traditional Lavrovsky’s choreography.
See video below – these are the same dancers I’ve seen. Click on the picture.

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Muscovite
Jun 10, 2014
 
 
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You certanly should go to my...

You certanly should go to my favorite theatre, the State Belarussian Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. In front of it is the monument to poet Maxim Bogdanovich
Great dancers with a rich repertoire, amazing - often avant-garde - sets and an extremely competent orchestra.

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Aug 24, 2002

Opera House

The famous Grand Opera House (the Bolshoi Theatre of Byelarus), same as the Academy of Sciences and the complex of governmental buildings at the Independence square, was designed by the talented architect Josef Langbard. Among his teachers is the famous Alexander Pomerantsev - see GUM in Moscow.
Langbard was particularly fond of vertical lines, you can clearly see it in this very unusual monument of 1930s. This particular building looks more festive than the ‘functional’ architecture normally does – you can expect it, it’s a theatre!
I heard it was supposed to be even bigger – an amphitheater for 3000 seats, but for lack of funds they had to take away one tier.

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Muscovite
Jan 21, 2016

‘Prince Igor’ in Minsk Opera

I will write about this performance in 'Nightlife' section.

Here is the cast bill - see '6 000' printed? That's what it costs in Byelorussian rubles - I mean, the paper, not the performance!

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