I would have liked to go inside!

Last update at 09/14/2011 23:11. By Hanoi Local Guide.
I would have liked to go inside!

I would have liked to go inside!
By Hanoi Local Guide


This building is a « must see » in Hanoi, and you will not be disappointed by this classical-baroque-art nouveau building and even feel a bit of French atmosphere, as it was built in 1911 by architects Broger and Harloy as a small copy of the Opéra Garnier (the Paris Opera house) in the centre of the French quarter of Hanoi. From far it looks like, but the decoration of the copy, built with white and yellow painted stones is way not as “rich” as the original.
It has been restored with the help of the French government in 1997; it is indeed a nice view from the streets, day or night, with wide open space around.
When there are no performances it is closed and even not possible to walk in the garden on the north western side; in the gardens of the south eastern side is a garden café you can enter only if you tell the watchman you want to have a drink or snack; from there it is possible to have a closer look at architectural details; the “art deco” glass awnings on the side entrances (picture3) are stylish! The coloured tile friezes (Picture4), or the campanile on the roof give this building some character. Best to enjoy this building might be to look from far first, then have a drink in the nearby café and take time to look at details.
I wish you have the luck to look inside if you pass by, I only could look through the glass doors of the main entrance and it looks quite “chic” inside (Main picture), with the red carpet, marble stairs, flowers. . . .

The French and Austrian embassies organised a performance of the Magic Flute with local artists in 2006; I would have liked to listen and to watch such a performance. I link you to the Queen of the Night, waiting for a new opportunity to have the live performance (click on 04). (I know, on hi fi it would be better!)

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