Paris – Ile De France
Odeon Theatre de l’Europe – Place de l’Odeon
This page was updated on: Sunday, April 7, 2019 at: 4:23 pm
Odeon Theatre de l’Europe district
The Odeon Theatre de l’Europe is tucked away on the north side of the Luxembourg Palace.
The elegant Classical building is supported with columns and framed with arcades.
It faces the semi-circular Place de l’Odeon, which is framed by four concave buildings.
Both the theatre and the square were developed in 1782 on the site of the gardens of the Hôtel de Condé.
The streets that lead into the square and run along the theatre are all named after a renowned playwright:
Rue Corneille, Rue Racine, Rue Casimir Delavigne, Rue Créillon, Rue Regnard and Rue Retrou.
History has it that Beaumarchais wrote his Barbier of Séville when he sojourned at no.26 Rue de Condé in 1773.
A theatre of many names
The Odeon Theatre de l’Europe has a long history!
It was originally known as Théâtre Français.
It was renamed Théâtre de la Nation in 1789 and Théâtre Egalité in 1793; it closed but re-opened in 1797 as Théâtre de l’Odéon.
A well chosen name!
The Greek word Odeon indeed means place where one sings!
But the Odéon burned!
It was rebuilt in 1808 and renamed Théâtre de l’Impératrice; but it burned once more!
It re-opened in 1819 as Théâtre Français, a name it amazingly kept until 1946!
It was then attached to the prestigious Comédie Française and renamed Salle Luxembourg; then Théâtre de France in 1959!
It eventually gained its independent statute in 1971 as Théâtre de l’Odéon.
It was, however, placed twice under the tutelage of the Comédie Française during that period.
The Odeon Theatre de l’Europe has been fully independent since 1990.
It produces an extensive range of avant-garde and foreign shows.
And…it has not changed name since!
Directions: 6th District
Metro: Odéon on Lines 4, 10
Coordinates: Lat 48.849742 – Long 2.338720
Paris – Ile De France – Latest content
Louis XIV commissioned the triumphal arch Porte Saint-Martin in 1674 in order to commemorate his military victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté
Porte Saint-Denis, a triumphal arch that Louis XIV commissioned in 1672 to commemorate his military victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté
Sous le Chapeau, a sculpture of a young woman with a large hat, a summer dress and barefoot, sat in front of the entrance to the Hungarian Institute Balassi
Atlantes Engainés is the name of the lavish sculptures that adorn the porch of 45 rue Saint-Roch, the head office of the French cooks’ benefit society
Please note: We will not sell or distribute your email address to any third party.