Hanoi Grand Opera House -symbol of French architecture

(All Vietnam) – Hanoi opera house is a grand architectural structure built by the French colonial government in the early of the 20th century. It took 10 years, from 1901 to 1911 to finish the construction of the opera house.

In 1899, Hanoi’s envoy Richard held a city council meeting, proposed that the governor of Hanoi- Fourer was to build the opera house. The opera house’s blueprints were made by 2 architects Harlay and Broyer. The designed were modified several times from the comments from various architects.

The construction was commenced on June 7, 1901, under the technical supervision of the inspector urban – architects Harlay – one of the authors design. Travary and Savelon were in charge of the construction.

Hanoi Grand Opera House (left) in the early 20th century (Source: http://diachiso.vn/)

Hanoi Grand Opera House (left) in the early 20th century
(Source: http://diachiso.vn/)

The designers consulted the ancient Greek’s Corinth architecture combined Tuylory castle style and the Paris Opera to create an unique building block. At that time the theatre was used as venues for classical art forms such as Opera, chamber music, drama … 4 times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for the upper classes of the French and a handful of wealthy Vietnamese.

Hanoi Opera House has a great value in terms of history, architecture and value in use. It is evidence of the development of culture and society of Hanoi and Vietnam during the period of French colonization, a relic of a stage of architectural development in Vietnam between the late 19th century and early 20th century.

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Hanoi Grand Opera House – No 1 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi
(Photo: http://diachiso.vn/)

Hanoi Opera House is an one -of -a- kind architectural with the outstanding value of the history, culture, architecture and art. It is component of urban and architectural capital, created the necessary precondition for the expansion of cultural exchange, the development of social economy today, especially in the flourishing of the Vietnamese culture.

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