With its imposing facade of impressive corinthian columns, each topped with stone sculptures of Greek goddesses and muses, Le Grand Théâtre is as spectacular as it gets. Built by Victor Louis between 1773 and 1780, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful 18th-century buildings in Europe. Well-known companies, such as the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine, perform here, but the program delights opera and ballet lovers as well. This magnificent theater was restored in 1990 and 1991 to its former glory, with dominating shades of blues with gilt. Those wishing to learn more about the theater can book a tour that covers the history of this architectural gem. The Grand Café welcomes spectators and visitors wishing to have a coffee or lunch.