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Dijon theatre, the Grand Theatre de Dijon)

The first theater building in the Burgundian city of Dijon appeared in 1717. Prior to that, the theatre toured around the city and gave performances in the gambling houses. Just one was reserved for the permanent seat of the theatre, he was called "the Hall of comedies". It is interesting that before 1817 were not provided seats for spectators, all watching the performances while standing.

In 1787 arose the plan of creating a municipal theatre. In 1802, had demolished the old chapel Sainte-Chapelle, and in 1810 began the construction of the new theatre ended in 1828. He got the name Dijon Opera. The building is made in neoclassical style and its appearance resembles the ancient architecture of ancient Rome. Especially notable is the main portal of the building, decorated with powerful Corinthian columns, created by the example of the theatre in another French city, Bordeaux.

The interior decoration is amazing. It refers to 1826, but also the beginning of XX century. In the lobby is to examine in exquisite, hand-carved tympanums over the doors and the lobby is decorated with elegant furniture, made from a rare type of ash. An important detail of the interior of the theater are huge chandeliers made of Murano glass in 1900. Designer of the auditorium was made by Pierre Ciceri who worked in the Paris national Opera.

Previously, the capacity of the theater had about 1,000 people, but to upgrade the auditorium in accordance with all standards and requirements, in 1969, was repaired, and since the hall can only hold a little less than 700 people. In 1975, Dijon, the theatre was awarded the title of the monument of history and culture of France.

In 1998 was opened the second city theatre, located a few kilometers from the old. It is a modern building typical of the style of the era of postmodernism. It is known that for the first time took place in France full performance of the famous Opera by German composer Richard Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen".