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Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

Designed by renowned architect Victor Louis, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux was built between 1773 and 1780 and is one of the grandest 18th-century theatres remaining in the world. It served as the National Assembly for the French Parliament briefly in 1781 and was the scene of the premiere of the ballet La Fille Mal Gardée in 1789. This theatre is the oldest in Europe to have never burnt down or needed rebuilding since its erection nearly 250 years ago, and is now home to the Opéra National de Bordeaux, as well as the Ballet National de Bordeaux. The interiors are as impressive as the architecture and if you are an opera or ballet fanatic taking in a performance here cannot be missed. See the website for the event calendar. Although many people still dress up formally for performances you can wear whatever you please and not feel uncomfortable. Be aware when booking seats that some have reduced visibility; whoever helps you should point this out. Guided tours of the theatre are available. There is a restaurant and cafe in the building.

E-mail: info@onb.fr

Website: www.opera-bordeaux.com

Telephone: (05) 56 00 8595

Admission: Guided tours: €6 (adults) €5 (children)