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In pictures: La Fenice to reopen
Exhausted firefighters survey the damage to the opera house from the fire
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La Fenice, Venice's prestigious opera house, was devastated by a fire more than seven years ago...
Smoke rises from the wrecked opera house following the fire
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Here damage from the blaze, for which two electricians were convicted of arson, is clearly visible.
Scaffolding covers front of opera house
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Rebuilding the opera house was fraught with delays as disputes arose over the awarding of building contracts.
Spectacular view of the stage and seating of Venice's La Fenice opera house
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But the results seem more than worth it; future audiences are set for a spectacular view of the stage during performances...
Side view showing upper tiers of theatre seats with music book in foreground
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.... especially from the theatre's magnificent boxes...
View of opera house interior from the stage
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... while the vista for performers is equally breathtaking.

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