Old Opera (Alte Oper)
The original Opera House, opened by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1880, was financed by wealthy local citizens. It was built by Richard Lucae and its design was Italian Renaissance.
It was completely destroyed in an air raid in 1944 and later, not without much controversy, rebuilt between 1964 and 1981. Prior to that, endless discussions took place around its reconstruction and if it should be reconstructed at all. Then city-mayor Rudi Arendt, fed up with the issue, suggested the remains should be blown up and the subject forgotten; still today, looking back, he is referred to as "Dynamite Rudi".
Alte Oper Frankfurt
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or a short walk from Hauptwache or Taunusanlage (all S trains)