A Brief History of Bayreuth
Bayreuth was founded in the 12th century but reached its golden age under the influence of Wilhemina (1709-1758). This talented woman was married off to the margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth. She found him dull and filled her court with talented artists and intellectuals. She loved the arts and was responsible for the construction of some of Bayreuth’s finest Baroque buildings with interiors in Bayreuth- Rococo, a style marked by dainty garlands and flowers.
Richard Wagner chose Bayreuth in 1872 as the setting for his Festspielhaus (Festival Theater), which was specially built to perform his works. The theater opened in 1876 with a performance of The Ring and the annual festival has been drawing crowds ever since.
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