Colonial masterpiece: A photo of the French-built Long Biên Bridge in Hà Nội. It was once known as the Doumer Bridge. — Photo courtesy of the National Archives Centre No 1
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Documents and photos featuring French architecture in colonial era in Hà Nội will be on display in an exhibition that opens today at the Hà Nội Opera House in the capital city.
The exhibition, French Architecture in the Heart of Hà Nội, is part of the theatre’s historical and architectural tours and art shows. It is also among activities held to celebrate Hà Nội’s Liberation Day which falls on October 10.
Jointly held by the National Archives Centre 1, Hà Nội Opera House and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the event will showcase 70 official documents, photos and drafts of outstanding buildings with French architecture that are being preserved in the National Archives Centre 1. These buildings were designed and constructed by French architects at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, including Hà Nội Opera House, Louis Finot, Indochina University, Hà Nội Post Office, Indochina Finance Office and Doumer Bridge (currently Long Biên Bridge).
The exhibited is expected to provide visitors with a more comprehensive view of Hà Nội’s architecture during the French colonial era and facilitate access to archives that are particularly significant to research on the capital’s history and culture.
French Architecture in the Heart of Hà Nội will remain open until October 27. — VNS