The hall of viewing opera (Yueshilou)
The hall of viewing opera
The Opera House, named Yueshilou in Chinese, is a rectangular one-piece building in the north-eastern part of the Forbidden City, in the area of the palace of the Tranquil Longevity. It is a building on one floor and 5 arches wide, with blue glazed tile roof. Nowadays this pavilion offers the exhibition "Opera at the Qing Court", every day of the year.
This pavilion served as a lodge for the Emperor, his wife and his concubines. Arranged in front of the Pavillon des Sons Plages, where the plays were played, the Pavillon de l'Opera had been built at a proper distance from its neighbor. So we have the audience room and the stage, face to face. The ladies of the Court and the ministers could attend the shows from the corridors in the secondary buildings, west and east.
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