Hungarian State Opera House
Opened in 1884, this neo-Renaissance opera house in Budapest was one of famed Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl’s masterpieces. The main auditorium is traditionally horseshoe-shaped and seats 1,261 people. Two marble sphinxes stand guard at the entrance, and inside the auditorium, helmeted sphinxes can be seen beneath a frescoed ceiling. In front of the building you'll find limestone statues of Ferenc Erkel, who composed the Hungarian national anthem, and Franz Liszt, a well-known Hungarian composer.
The national landmark was, like so many others on this list, damaged during World War II and later restored. Today, a 6,700-pound bronze chandelier hangs from the ceiling, which was painted by Károly Lotz depicting the Greek gods on Olympus.