Sunday, 17 Dec 2017

Hanoi Opera House showcases French architecture

Updated at Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017, 09:17
The Hanoitimes - Documents and photos featuring French architecture in the colonial era in Hanoi will be on display in an exhibition that opens at the Hanoi Opera House in the capital city.
A photo of the French-built Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi. It was once known as the Doumer Bridge.
A photo of the French-built Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi. It was once known as the Doumer Bridge.
The exhibition, French Architecture in the Heart of Hanoi, is part of the theatre’s historical and architectural tours and art shows. It is also among activities held to celebrate Hanoi’s Liberation Day which falls on October 10.
Jointly held by the National Archives Centre 1, Hanoi Opera House and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the event will showcase 70 official documents, photos, and drafts of outstanding buildings with French architecture that are being preserved in the National Archives Centre 1.
These buildings were designed and constructed by French architects at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, including  Hanoi Opera House, Louis Finot, Indochina University, Hanoi Post Office, Indochina Finance Office and Doumer Bridge (currently Long Bien Bridge)…
In which, Hanoi Opera House is an opera house in central Hanoi, Vietnam. It was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. It was modeled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris's two opera houses, and is considered to be one of the architectural landmarks of Hanoi. After the departure of the French, the opera house became the scene for several political events. As well as the scene of street fighting during the fight for Hanoi.
The Hanoi Opera House provides the names for the neighboring Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel which opened in 1999, as well as for the MGallery Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi, which opened in 2011. For historical reasons associated with the Vietnam war, the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel was not named the Hanoi Hilton.
The exhibited is expected to provide visitors with a more comprehensive view of Hanoi’s architecture during the French colonial era and facilitate access to archives that are particularly significant to research on the capital’s history and culture.
French Architecture in the Heart of Hanoi will run until October 27.
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