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Old Opera House, Frankfurt am Main

The famous old opera house (Alte Oper) was built in 1880 by the architect Richard Lucae. It was one of the major opera houses in Germany until it was heavily damaged in World War II. Until the late 1970s it was a ruin, nicknamed “Germany’s Most Beautiful Ruin”. There were even efforts to just blow it up. Former Frankfurt Lord Mayor Rudi Arndt called for blowing it up in the 1960s, which earned him the nicknamed “Dynamite-Rudi”. (Later on, Arndt said he never had meant his suggestion seriously.) Due to public pressure, it was finally fully reconstructed and reopened in 1981. Today it functions as a concert hall, while operas are performed in the Oper Frankfurt.

The inscription on the frieze of the Old Opera says: “Dem Wahren, Schönen, Guten” (“To the true, the beautiful, the good”).

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