View of the Neo-Baroque facadeFrench colonists in Vietnam wanted to enjoy the same leisure time activities in Asia that they had loved in France. This is a smaller version of the famous Opera House in Paris, built between 1857-74 and designed by Charles Garnier. It is still the largest theater in Vietnam, seating about 600 persons. Pavilions are domed at the end and a large vaulted space occupies the center of the structure. (See side views below.) Yellow seems to be the favored color of French colonial architecture in Vietnam.
Front facadeThe front facade is emphasized by columns of the gigantic order set on high plinths. Between the pavilions beautiful loggias are aligned across both the lower and second story.
Decorative details of the frontColumns have incised geometric decoration at the base, top, and center. The rounded balconies between the columns are supported by elaborate brackets. The revolution against the French was proclaimed from one of these balconies in 1945.
Decorative details of the top
Views of the side
An oblique view showing the huge vaulted roof over the auditorium
A side entrance with decorative iron workA winged mythical beast sits on the roof (image at center).
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