Opera House showcases French architecture in Hanoi
A photo of the French-built Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi. It was once known as the Doumer Bridge (Photo courtesy of the National Archives Centre No 1)
photos featuring French architecture in colonial era in Hanoi will be on
display in an exhibition that opens today at the Hanoi Opera House in the
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).
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.-VNA