The Markgräfliches Opernhaus is an architectural treasure. Designed by Joseph Saint-Pierre, this grand structure was built circa 1744. Since its opening, this venue has had the honor of being the premier location for the city's major events, including some royal weddings. Built of wood and canvas, this magnificent Baroque structure is remarkably well-preserved and is a rare treasure indeed. With its lavish decor, acoustically sound design and rich paintings, the opera house's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site should come as no surprise. Although currently inactive as a performance venue, the opera house is still open to visitors who may wish to marvel at its splendorous architectural beauty.