The city of Bruges also has a Palais Garnier. Although a lot smaller than the prestigious Paris Opera House, it is still one of the best preserved city theatres in Europe. Even tourists book a ticket just to admire the splendid interior.
Second half of the 19th century. The rich bourgeoisie urges the mayor to build a magnificent city theatre. The cities of Antwerp and Brussels already had a beautiful one, so the theatre of Bruges had to be every bit as good. At the time, unemployment was high in Bruges and the run-down neighbourhood with many houses of ill reputation needed urgent revitalization. In other words, there couldn’t have been a more perfect moment to build a new city theatre. This is paid content. To read the full story, go to BECOME A MEMBER