The d’Hiver Bouglione Circus is the oldest working circus in the world. It was build in the middle of the 19th century in Paris by the order of the local duke. The circus was founded on December 11, 1852, by architect Jacque Hittorff.
The initial name of the place was Cirque Napoléon and it was able to host 5,900 guests at the same time. However, the fire destroyed a half of the circus, thus limiting the number of seats. The decoration and the appearance of the circus were created by the famous sculptors and artists of that time: James Pradip, François Joseph Bosio, Louis-Ernest Barrias and others.
In 6 years after the opening of the circus, people invented the flying trapeze, and Jules Leotard became the first trapeze artist and the real spatial artist. The audience was shocked by his performance.
The d’Hiver Bouglione Circus it’s not just a venue, but one of the brightest attractions in Paris with its long and glorious history.
After the fall of the Empire of Napoleon, the d’Hiver Bouglione became the National Circus. The modern name of the circus was chosen in 1873 when the dynasty of Bougliones bought the circus. Furthermore, the circus is still managed by the ancestors of that noble family.
These days the d’Hiver Bouglione Circus is a real temple of the circus art, where one can get a big charge of positive emotions. The mastery of performers, astonishing decorations, incredible audiovisual effects allows immersing into the magic world of the circus.
The representatives of the elder generation of the Bougliones decided to manage the circus on their own, while the rest of the family creates the show, dancing on the horses, and showing incredible performances and even tricks.
Furthermore, one can find performers from Germany, Colombia, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Italy, and France here. They are working with tigers, dancing on the stages, showing tricks and amusing people in their clown costumes. The Russian clown family Bobylev is famous all around the world. They work in the d’Hiver Bouglione Circus too!
In 1955 the d’Hiver Bouglione Circus became the stage for the Hollywood movie called “Trapeze”. Such famous people as Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, and Bert Lancaster were featured there. One can visit the museum of the circus in order to discover other interesting secrets of this place.
Address, working hours and admission fees
Address of the circus: 110, Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris.
During the working week, one can come here from 14:00 until 17:15. On Saturday the circus is open from 14:00 until 20:30, while on Sunday – from 10:45 until 17:15.
The price of the tickets stays in the range from 30 to 50 Euros depending on the location of the seat.