5 famous theaters you can visit without leaving home

The plays were performed at the beginning of the fifth century at the Theatre of Dionysus. This prototype of all Greek theaters is still around and even open for visitors. Although, only 20 sections out of the 17,000 seats have been preserved. 

So much has changed from the first-ever theater to the modern one. Now, you can visit theater halls and even discover award-winning shows online. 

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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Sydney Opera House in the Harbour is one of the most famous and distinctive buildings of the 20th century. Many have seen the outside resembling three orange segments, but flowers have stepped inside.

The 360° experience is available on the official YouTube channel, as well as on numerous other channels and websites. Just search the query and pick whatever tour piques your interest.

What’s more, you can sign up for the digital platform with free and paid content, including walkthroughs of the stages, performance livestreams, highlights from performances over the years, art presentations, and exclusive original content. 

Burgtheater, Vienna

Burgtheater, or simply The Burg, is Europe’s second-oldest theater. The splendid building barely survived the WWII bombings, with only the wings and the Grand Staircase intact. On a positive note, it has been restored to its former glory in the years since. 

The best tour of the Burgtheater is available through Google Street View. Roam through the halls and make your way to the grand hall from parquet seating or any of the balcony lounges. 

You can also view the permanent virtual exhibit of the staircase featuring masterpieces by Gustav and Ernst Klimt and Franz Matsch, which are photographed so well that you can see the smallest details.

Theatro Municipal, São Paulo

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Theatro Municipal is a lavish building and a clear nod to the Paris Opera. It has seen three renewals in the 100 years of its history. 

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The virtual tour starts with a bird’s-eye view of the palace-like building and moves on to every prominent room, from the Diana passage to the baroque restaurant. The level of detail is exceptional, allowing you to see the intricacies of the ceiling design and drapes of the stage curtains. 

Online visitors can also watch full shows by São Paulo City Ballet, Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal, Experimental Repertoire Orchestra, just to name a few.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

Palacio de Bellas Artes is the biggest and most important performance space in the city. It mixes the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, features murals by some of Mexico’s finest artists, and incorporates over a million pieces of stained glass pieces.

Get a closer look at the exterior and interior of the theater with this tour. It’s not as detailed as some of the other buildings on this list, but the grandiose structural and decorative design of the Palacio is certainly worth it. 

National Theater of Korea, Seoul

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For a change, visit the National Theater of Korea, which is on a more unassuming side. The design integrates traditional and contemporary arts and fits Namsan Mountain’s nature. The historical significance lies in the fact that it’s the first nationally managed theater in Asia.

There are two online exhibits by Google, bringing you an overview of the best performances over the years. The Street View panoramic tour highlights the stage and lets you wander through the ground level.

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy your virtual tours!

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