Grand Theatre, Bordeaux

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    Grand theatre

    by Mique Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    The Grande Theatre's staircase

    It's a nice building to see from the outside but the inside is stunning. And fortunately you can make pictures as long as you don't get any further then the small steps that lead up to the main staircase...

    The gards were looking and laughing a bit when i started to make pictures but who cares.. i have them..

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    The Grand Theater

    by ceswho Updated Jan 10, 2004

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    Inaugurated on the 7th April 1780 with a performance of "Athalie," finest building designed by the architect Louis, stands on the site of the Gallo-Roma Tutelle Pillars, the forum in the 3rd century city. Twelve Corinthian columns support the entablature on the peristyle that is , in fact, an audacious piece of bulding for it is held by a metal tie placed inside the construction, compensating for the enormous thrusts fro the flat vaulting. This invention remained famous and is known as "Mr. Louis Nail. " Above it are the twelve statues by Berruer and Van Den Drix, representing the nine Muses, Juno, Venus and Minerva

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    Le Grand Théâtre

    by black_mimi99 Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    From 'Place gambetta', following 'Cours de l'intendance' we get to the 'Grand Theater'. This neoclassical theater was designed by Victor Louis at the end of the 18th century. It opened its doors in 1780, and since then it has been the center of the artistic life in Bordeaux. In 1991 the inside of the theater was restored, its original blue and gold colors were respected. The theater's beautiful portico is decorated with 12 Corinthian style columns. On the top of the facade are 12 statues; nine represent the art muses and three the goddess Juno, Venus and Minerva.

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    Grand Theatre

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 19, 2009

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    Located here in the Place de Comedie is the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux. It really is a beautiful site to see. The structure was designed by Victor Louis. The theatre has a neo-classical facade with the portico decorated with 12 Corinthian style columns and on top of the facade are 12 statues, 9 of which represent the art muses and three goddesses (Juno, Venus, and Minerva).

    The interior of the building is quite impressive as well with its double staircase leading to the theatre.

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    The Theater: The Grand Entry

    by hquittner Updated Mar 17, 2009

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    It is easiest to see the theater by attending a performance. Various musical events occur here. This is what we did (See our Nightlife Tip). The theater was built in the late 18C and has excellent acoustics. It is elaborately designed and houses an upstairs small recital hall which we did not see. The stage for concerts has a fine back-drop and proscenium. The entrance foyer and main staircase are impressive as well. The outside is Neoclassical.

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    Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

    by Sambawalk Updated May 24, 2009

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    Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, is a Theatre in Bordeaux, France, first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It was in this theatre that the ballet La Fille Mal Gardée premiered in 1789, and where a young Marius Petipa staged some of his first ballets.

    The Theatre was designed by the architect Victor Louis (1731-1800), who was selected for the task by winning the famous Grand Prix de Rome. Louis was also famous for designing the Palais Royal, and the Théâtre Français in Paris.

    The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux was conceived as a temple of the Arts and Light, with a neo-classical facade endowed with a portico of 12 Corinthian style colossal columns which support an entablature on which stand 12 statues that represent the nine muses and three goddesses (Juno, Venus, and Minerva).

    In 1871 the theatre was briefly the National Assembly for the French Parliament.

    The inside of the theatre was restored in 1991, and once again has its original colours of blue and gold. The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is the oldest wooden frame opera house in Europe not to have burnt or required rebuilding.

    Today the theatre is home to the Opéra National de Bordeaux, as well as the Ballet National de Bordeaux.

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    The Theater: See Where the Action Is

    by hquittner Written Mar 17, 2009

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    The Trompe l'Oeil Backdrop
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    The theater has a fanciful trompe l'oeil backdrop and a similarly created florid proscenium. They are a throwback to the Palladian theater in Vicenza. The ceiling is painted in graceful symbolic Rococo female figures, who also appear in plaster and three dimensional on the support walls. It is hard to depart down the great stairs.

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    Grand Theatre

    by Roadquill Written Jul 28, 2011

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    Right in the middle of the city center at place comedie, is the regal Grand Theatre. Unfortunately the music/ballet season was over in July, but on the plus side they turned the theatre into a museum featuring the costumes of the myriad of ballets and opera staged there. The inside is quite stunning, with decorated boxes allowing full wonderful view to the stage.

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    by arv1 Written Jul 9, 2007
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    Though I didn't go inside Grand Theatre, I was very impressed with the little I saw. This is a huuuuuge building that is brilliant from whatever side you see it from! Looking at the intricate detail on each statue at the front of the building, you will truly be astounded by the amount of effort put into the construction of the building! The steps outside the entrance of the building are really inviting...so go and sit down when you visit it!

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 8, 2008

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    Bordeaux - Grand Theatre

    The theatre of Bordeaux - Grand Theatre is one of the most beautiful buildings of Europe constructed in XVIII century. The facade is made on the antique sample with the Corinthian columns.

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    Le Grand Théatre:  Inaugurated...

    by Gillianina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Le Grand Théatre:  Inaugurated on April 7 1780, the masterpiece of the architect Louis. It's one of the landmarks of the city.

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