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Notes on the Geography of Vietnam: Colonial Hanoi: Photo 21

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Ironically, the architect of Hanoi's grandest classical pile remains unknown. Built as the Municipal Theater, it is commonly called the Opera. Opened in 1911, operatic productions continued into the waning days of French rule. The French came back in the 1990s to spend $20 million restoring the building and perhaps some French prestige.

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