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A view down the lighted colonnade of the Grand Théatre in Bordeaux. I like the symmetry of this image and the repeating motifs of the arches on one side and the windows on the other. Hand-held shot using available support with ISO uprated to 800.

One of the major attractions in Bordeaux, the Grand Théatre, situated on the square of place de la Comedie. is also the cultural symbol of the city. It was built between the years of 1773 and 1780 to the design of the the architect Victor Louis (1731-1800), famous for his work on the Chartres Cathedral, the Palais Royal and the Théâtre Français in Paris. The building stands witness to the growing prosperity of Bordeaux rising bourgeoisie in the 18th century. It rivals the opera houses of Naples, Stockholm and Milan as one of the last remaining 18th century theatres in the world. Its façade is graced by a colonnade of 12 columns and surmounted with statues of goddesses and the Muses.

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