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The Mariinsky is one of the world's most famous theatres for opera and ballet, now expanded to include a second stage and concert hall. Discover its extraordinary history through this gallery of stunning images.
The Mariinsky is named after Empress Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Tsar Alexander II. But its name has changed throughout history, reflecting the political climate of various times. Through most of the Soviet era, it was known as the Kirov. This is the design for the Imperial-era curtain used prior to 1914.
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