BUILDINGS

The current building of the Opera and Ballet Theater was opened in 1939. It was designed in the Constructivism style by the Belarus architect from Leningrad, Iosif Langbard who got his inspiration from the St Angelo castle in Rome.

 

 

Photo: Siarhei Hudzilin

The building of Maxim Gorky Russian Dram Theater is yet another site of interest. During the Soviet rule, it was rebuilt from a choral synagogue.

 

The building of Yanka Kupala Theater, founded in 1888,  is significant for Belarusian history as the venue where the independence of Belarus was declared in the end of 1917.

Photo: Siarhej Hudzilin

Built in the Stalin’s Empire style in 1952, the Young Spectator’s Theatre  was reopened after massive reconstruction in June 2015.  A new four-level annex adjacent to the historical building of the theatre now accommodates a scene shop, a carpentry shop, a fitting shop, a tailor shop, offices, and some of the dressing rooms. The building itself remains unchanged: both the exterior and interior colonnades and bas-reliefs were carefully preserved and restored, as well as the unique painting on the ceiling of the grand hall.