French architecture showcased in Hanoi

NDO - An exhibition featuring various documents and photos on French architecture opened at Hanoi’s Book Street in the capital city on October 27.


The exhibition, French Architecture in the Heart of Hanoi, is part of the theatre’s historical and architectural tours and art shows. It is expected to provide visitors with a more comprehensive view of Hanoi’s architecture during the French colonial era and facilitate their access to archives that are particularly significant to research on the capital’s history and culture.

The buildings were designed and constructed by French architects at the end of the 19th and early 20th century, and include the Hanoi Opera House, Louis Finot, the Indochina University, Hanoi Post Office, the Indochina Finance Office and Doumer Bridge (currently Long Bien Bridge).

The exhibition is scheduled to run until November 5.

Jointly held by the National Archives Centre 1, Hanoi Opera House and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the event is showcasing 70 official documents, photos and drafts, which are being preserved in the National Archives Centre 1, of the outstanding buildings featuring French architecture.

Previously, a similar exhibition was organised at the Hanoi Opera House from October 9-26.

Stretching along 200 metres of December 19 Street in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi’s Book Street has 16 booths with easy access for people with disabilities, children and the elderly. The area includes a small square where people can meet and attend events and talks, and has free Wifi and water.