With 12 columns topped with statues of the Greek muses, the Grand Theatre—designed by celebrated architect Victor Louis—is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The theatre is home to the Bordeaux National Opera, the Bordeaux National Orchestra, and the Bordeaux National Ballet. The building also hosted the French parliament in 1870, 1914, and 1941, during the Franco-Prussian War, WWI, and WWII, respectively.
Any guided tour of the city of Bordeaux is likely to take you past this majestic landmark. You can also book a tour of the building to see the ornate interior, which is decorated in a palette of blue, white, and gold (the colours of French royalty) and boasts frescoes and a crystal chandelier.