Theatre des Celestins counts among the few theatres in France that have been operational for over 200 years, the first one at the site having been opened in 1792. Gutted by fire in 1871, it was rebuilt in 1877 to designs by Gaspard André, with a beautiful Italian-style façade. In the middle of Place des Celestins outside the theatre stands a strange periscope which offers kaleidoscopic views of rotating geometric shapes which were actually painted in the car park beneath the plaza by the famous artist Daniel Buren. To enter the car park and see the other side, take the stairway on your right when looking at the theatre.
4 Rue Charles Dullin, 69002 Lyon, France
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