Facing the Gewandhaus across the great open space of Augustusplatz is the sombre building of the Opera House. It opened in 1960 on the site of the New Theatre, which had been destroyed during WWII. The Leipzig Opera was founded in 1693 as the third public opera house in Europe, and since 1840 the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has been the house orchestra for productions by Leipzig Opera and the Leipzig Ballet.

After passing through Augustusplatz a few times I managed to be there when the sun was shining, and was able to play photo catch-up. On one occasion I found a London bus parked there, presumably for some promotion, unless it was lost. Also, a photo (with reflections) from the inside of the Gewandhaus at night. The large illuminated cylinders hide stairs down to the underground car park below Augustusplatz.

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