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Grand Theater of Bordeaux

As with many stately buildings that dominate their space, this one has a superb presence. Tour this magnificent building and enjoy one of its performances.

Admire the exquisite French building, the Grand Theater of Bordeaux, home of the Bordeaux National Opera. This 18th-century architectural masterpiece fits well in a city of historic stone buildings and greets visitors with its row of statues of mythological figures sitting atop a row of Corinthian stone pillars. It is also the venue for many other acclaimed performances throughout the year.

Enter the theater to be astounded by an interior that is detailed and every bit as magnificent as its exterior. The extensive use of blue, white and gold represents French royalty. Absorb the feeling of regality by ascending the massive stone staircase that leads to the theater room. The staircase is similar to the one in the Paris opera house; both had the same designer. Note that the area occupied by the foyer and staircase is almost the same size as the theater auditorium performances are staged. The theater was designed like this so that 18th and 19th-century high society would have room to parade and be seen.

Step into the theater’s auditorium and you will immediately appreciate its immensity, which includes three levels of open balcony seats that curve along its walls. It has a seating capacity for 1,450 people. Crowning this impressive array of seating is a spectacular painted ceiling and a dramatic chandelier, crafted from Bohemian crystal. This sparkling fixture weighs 1.3 tons (1.2 metric tons) and has 400 light bulbs. 

Designed by Victor Louis and completed in 1780, the theater is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Try to attend a performance to appreciate the incredible acoustics provided by the room’s extensive use of wood that imparts warmth to sound.

Visit the beautiful Grand Theater of Bordeaux located at the historic city center near the riverfront walk. Pay a fee to visit when it is open to the public on most Wednesday and Saturday afternoons that do not have scheduled events. Arrange a tour in advance. The theater’s shop is open Tuesday to Saturday afternoons except holidays.


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35 Rue Esprit Des Lois, Bordeaux, Gironde
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Place de la Comédie, Rue Sainte-Catherine and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux. Place de la Bourse and Place de la Victoire are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Theatre Tram Station and Quinconces Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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    27 rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine, Bordeaux, Gironde
       
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      Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Parliament Square and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place de la Bourse are also within 5 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station and Sainte-Catherine Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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      14-16 Rue De La Vieille Tour, Bordeaux, Gironde
         
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        Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Place Gambetta and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place de la Bourse are also within 15 minutes. Gambetta Tram Station and Grand Theatre Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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        Hôtel Notre Dame

        36-38 rue Notre-Dame, Bordeaux, Gironde
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chartrons, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Contemporary Art Museum, Rue Sainte-Catherine and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux. Place de la Bourse and Place de la Victoire are also within 2 miles (3 km). Place Paul Doumer Tram Station and CAPC - Musee d'Art Contemporain Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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          Hostel 20

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            Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

            2-5 Place De La Comédie, Bordeaux, Gironde
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place des Quinconces. Pey Berland Tower and Cathedrale St. Andre are also within 10 minutes. Grand Theatre Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Quinconces Tram Station is 4 minutes.

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              Hôtel Vatel

              4 Cours du Médoc, Bordeaux
                 
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                Located in Chartrons, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Quai des Marques, Rue Sainte-Catherine and Place de la Bourse. Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place de la Victoire are also within 3 miles (5 km). Cours du Medoc Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chartrons Tram Station is 6 minutes.

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                Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux

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