The Brighton Dome is a centre for arts and culture that can be found in Brighton, England. It boasts the Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and the famed Pavilion Theatre, all three of which are linked via an underground tunnel to the Royal Pavilion Estate and Brighton Museum, as the entire compound was originally built in 1805 for the Prince Regent. The Concert Hall was actually originally used as the Prince Regent's horse stables, and the Corn Exchange acted as a riding school.
These stables and riding school were designed by William Porden, and the architecture was inspired by water colour pictures of India at the time, which is clearly apparent in its majesty and grandeur. Porden also designed a magnificent glass dome, 24 meters wide and 19 meters high, to be placed on top of the buildings structure. Many non-believers said that this dome would simply collapse once building was complete and the scaffolding had been removed, but the awe-inspiring construction still hold pride of place to this day.
It was in 1860 that the Prince Regent's stables were converted into the concert hall that we know and love today, and since then, both the Corn Exchange and the Concert hall have gone through many different refurbishments and renovations, the latest one beginning in 2001 and costing a whopping £22 million! These days, the building is used to host a whole menagerie of events, from serious plays to family theatre, ballet to contemporary dance and much, much more. Did you know that it also hosted the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, where ABBA famously won with their song 'Waterloo'.
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