Mariinsky Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

  The Mariinsky Theatre, also known as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre, dates back to 1859 and enjoyed a royal following, including prominent dancers: Vatslav Nizhinsky and Anna Pavlova.

Much of the theatre was destroyed during the 900-day Siege of Leningrad when the Soviet Union was attacked by German Nazi forces. The theatre was restored in 1944 and is still in use.