Year: 1 century B.C. .
The city of Orange is famous all over the world for its ancient sights. A large ancient Roman theater has been preserved here. It is considered one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. The theater is used for musical concerts and theatrical performances after a large-scale reconstruction. It is also a permanent venue for the annual summer festival. It's called "Les Chorégies d'Orange".
As the researchers managed to find out, the theater was built during the reign of Emperor Octavian Augustus, in the 1st century BC. Initially, it was distinguished by an incredibly beautiful design. The theater never ceases to amaze with its majestic appearance even after thousands of years. Louis XIV first visited the theater in the 17th century. The ancient monument impressed him very much. Louis XIV called the stage of the theater the most beautiful stage in France. It is most interesting to visit the ancient attraction in the summer. The annual opera festival takes place here at this time.
It usually falls in the second half of July. This festival is an outstanding attraction. It was first held in 1869. "Les Chorégies d'Orange" is considered the oldest festival in France today. The festival received its current name in 1902. It has been held continuously since this year. The ancient theater stage has hosted the greatest performers from all over the world over the years of the festival's existence. Sarah Bernhardt performed here in 1903.
Performances by Placido Domingo, Barbara Hendricks, Ruggero Raimondi, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Montserrat Caballe took place on the ancient stage in various periods. The ancient arena was chosen as the venue for the festival not by chance. It is distinguished by its unique acoustics. Guests of Orange can visit the unique attraction as part of organized excursions. They are held regularly on days when no cultural events take place in the theater. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the most hidden corners of the ancient Roman arena during this tour. Guests will also be able to step on its stage and experience the range of feelings that opera performers who perform in the theater experience. Next - Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
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