We are all yearning for the moment we can set out to travel the world once more. Until then, we have Google. Among the many sights to take in via Google Arts and Culture is the historic Lyon Opera House in Lyon, France.
Located on the banks of the Rhône, the Opéra National de Lyon is 18 spectacular stories. The original façade has been maintained, but in 1993 architect Jean Nouvel added a cylindrical glass roof that lights the sky scarlet each evening.
While the glass ceiling and shining metal surfaces are a signature of the modern aesthetic of the 1993 renovation, there are multiple intact decorations from the building’s 19th century roots, including the grand foyer, which has been restored to its original glory with its pristine black granite flooring.
While we encourage visitors both online and in-person to take in the awe-inspiring main auditorium, we cannot ignore the intimacy and beauty of the amphitheatre. This 200-seat performance space is intended to place the audience in close proximity to the performing artist.
Do you have a favorite opera house in France or elsewhere? How does the Opera National de Lyon compare? Check out the full virtual tour on Google Arts & Culture and share your thoughts!