Friday, November 12, 2010

A Friday Finale - Hungarian State Opera House

The week is drawing to a close, Chickadees. What better way to kick-off the weekend than with some visual splendor - A Friday Finale.

The Hungarian State Opera House was designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture. The construction lasted from 1875 to 1884 and was funded by the city of Budapest and by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary. The Hungarian Royal Opera House (as it was known then) opened to the public on the September 27, 1884.

The horseshoe shaped opera house seats 1261 and, according to measurements done in the '70s by a group of international engineers, the Hungarian State Opera House has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after La Scala in Milan and the Palais Garnier in Paris.

In a word: outstanding.

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