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Opéra Bastille is the second venue of Paris Opéra. A ballet performance at Opéra Bastille is one of the best evenings you can dream of in Paris. The Opéra Bastille and Le Marais districts are some of the liveliest in town. Paris monuments.

Opéra Bastille quick facts

Opéra Bastille, Paris modern opera house, is home to the well known Opéra National de Paris. Opéra Bastille is the heart of the Bastille district, a lively Paris nightlife district around rue de Lappe (Paris map) and rue Keller (Paris map). It is also on the edge of the famous Le Marais district.

We recommend the affordable ballet performances of Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris. Check also Opéra Garnier.

Ballet at Opéra Bastille
Ballet at Opéra Bastille

Opéra Bastille history facts

Opéra Bastille is a modern opera house located on the Place de la Bastille in Paris. Commisionned in 1981 by President Francois Mitterrand, it was designed by Carlos Ott and inaugurated in 1989 on the occasion of the celebrations of the bicentennial of the Revolution as part of major works for Paris. It is with the Opera Garnier one of the two rooms constituting the Paris Opera. With 2,703 seats, the Opera Bastille Grand Auditorium is one of the largest in the world in terms of capacity. In comparison, the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House can accommodate 2,679 people seated and 1,720 for the Bolshoi Theater. And that's more than 2/3 of the Metropolitan Opera of New York and its 3,800 seats. As the Opera Garnier was not closed, operas and ballets are performed today in both opera houses.

Opera Bastille
Opera Bastille

Opéra Bastille information

120, rue de Lyon
Paris 75012 France

Paris metro: Bastille station. Lines 1,5, 8. Locate Opéra Bastille on Paris map.

Opéra Bastille programming and tickets on web site.
Seating of Opéra Bastille

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Opera Bastille concert hall
Opera Bastille concert hall

Bastille day facts

The Opéra Bastille owes its name to the Bastille fortress, once the prison of the French monarchy that stood on Place de La Bastille. Bastille also gave its name to the French national holiday. Widely known as Bastille Day, July 14th is the national holiday in France since 1880. This date commemorates the taking of the Bastille July 14th, 1789 and the Federation Day July 14th, 1790 during the French revolution. The taking of the Bastille was the first major event of the French Revolution. Bastille day in Paris.

The taking of La Bastille
The taking of La Bastille

Bastille district: Bassin de l'Arsenal

Completely unexpected a few meters away from Opéra Bastille, the Bassin de l'Arsenal could be in Amsterdam. From the 16th until the 19th century, an arsenal existed at this location. The basin itself was dug after the Bastille was demolished and replaced the ditch that had been in place to draw water from the Seine to fill the moat at the fortress.

The Bassin de l'Arsenal links the Canal Saint-Martin, which begins at Place de la Bastille, to the Seine river. Separated from the Seine by the Morland lockgate, the basin was converted into a leisure port in 1983 by the Paris City Hall. It is today a marina for 180 pleasure boats. Paris map.

The Bassin de l'Arsenal in Bastille district
The Bassin de l'Arsenal in Bastille district
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