The Ghent Opera House
In the first half of the 19th century, Ghent industrialists initiated the building of a new and luxurious opera house, that was opened in 1840. It was meant to be the showcase for their newly acquired wealth and no expense was spared. In the splendid horseshoe-shaped theatre, being seen was just as important as seeing. The impressive chandelier is an attraction in itself. The three salons, that were used for concerts and social gatherings, measuring together 90 m long, which is unique in Europe.