FANDOM


The Grand Opera House is a cultural building in Empire: Total War.

Grand Opera House

DescriptionEdit

This impressive setting for musical performances allow the audience to delight in novel entertainments and admire the good taste of the house's patron.

Little expense is spared on a grand opera house, particularly in the "front of house" area where the audience is to be found. A grand opera house is a magnificent structure, the equal to any palace in terms of luxurious appointments and detailing to overawe the visitors. The staged can be equally elaborate, featuring enormous casts and intricate settings. This is conspicuous consumption raised to a high art, even before the music starts!

Many rulers in the 18th Century acted as a patron of the arts, and opera in particular. Apart from being fabulously and famously expensive (therefore demonstrating the patron's wealth), the musical form was also growing in popularity and quality. The staging and music of opera advanced tremendously during the period, with works from composers of genius such as Mozart, Handel, and Scarlatti. Emperor Joseph II of Austria, the "music king", was particularly fortunate that his love of the art coincided with a flowering of musical talent in Europe. He used the arts as a subtle tool of nationalism, promoting a Germanic culture within Austria.

CostEdit

  • Level 2
  • 4 Turns to Build
  • 1500 Coin

AbilitiesEdit

The Ornamental Tulip Gardens are a cultural building in Empire: Total War.

Ornamental Tulip Gardens

DescriptionEdit

Formal gardens are a place of quiet contemplation, where the cares and burdens of the state can be set aside for a while.

The tulip is a native flower of, among other places, Anatolia, and the flower has long been prized by the Ottomans. Planted in formal gardens, the design of which owes much to the Persian “paradise garden”, they are a spectacular display of shapes and colour. The layout of the gardens is intended to reflect the layout of paradise, and perfect blooms are a part of that.

Despite the insane financial speculation of “tulip mania” in Holland during the 17th Century, the tulip was not a native plant; it had arrived from the Ottoman Empire. The Dutch, however, were quite innovative when they indulged in the lunacy of tulip speculation, trading individual bulbs at ridiculously inflated prices. They even operated a “tulip futures” market on specimens that hadn’t even been planted or grown! Dishonesty was rife and eventually, the speculation had to stop; the tulip market collapsed, like all financial bubbles, leaving many penniless. The tulip, fortunately, remains a popular garden plant to this day, although thankfully without the financial jiggery-pokery! Gardeners with too much money did pay high prices for tulip bulbs in the 18th Century although these were for planting, not financial speculation.

CostEdit

  • Level 2
  • 4 Turns to Build
  • 1500 Coin

AbilitiesEdit

The Great Charbagh are a cultural building in Empire: Total War.

Great Charbagh

DescriptionEdit

These formal gardens are a retreat from the hurly-burly of the everyday world, and a place where important guests can be entertained.

These are spaces where rulers, their important functionaries, ambassadors and the “great and good” can take their ease, enjoying the peace of shade, running water, natural beauty, and pleasant scents.

The design of Persian gardens influences the layout of a charbagh (the word itself has Persian origins), and the plants that are grown. The central idea is to reflect or recreate Paradise in an earthly setting, albeit with the limitations that humans always bring to their works. The garden is divided into four sections, each with its own reflecting pools, formalised streams and fountains, and carefully selected plantings. Water features are important because they represent the four rivers of Paradise. The plants carry symbolic meanings too, for those educated enough to “read” the garden, such as the cypress trees representing death. Often verses of sacred texts are carved into the stonework, or inlaid in wall tiles, as a further aid to contemplation.

The most famous charbagh in existence is probably best known for the tomb it contains: laid out in 1632, the gardens of the Taj Mahal in Agra, are a superb formal setting for any building.

CostEdit

  • Level 2
  • 4 Turns to Build
  • 1500 Coin

AbilitiesEdit

General InformationEdit

The Grand Opera House is the third-tier cultural building available in all major regions. It is the beginning of one of two paths of cultural buildings, representing the path that increases happiness more. Building a Grand Opera House therefore prevents a region from being able to build a Royal Observatory, which grants a smaller bonus to happiness but grants a bonus to research rates.

The only way to build a Royal Observatory in a region with a Grand Opera House, or vice versa, is to demolish the existing structure and rebuild from scratch.

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.