At the end of the XIX century in Europe has grown to an interest in everything mystical.
Magicians and hypnotists have demonstrated the astonishment of the audience the tricks and mediums arranged a seance. In the French capital fans to tickle your nerves have gone to “Hell cabaret”. Appropriate surroundings allowed the audience to feel like in hell.
Cabaret appeared in Paris in 1880-ies. Some institutions attracted visitors candid dance performances, others for their amazing atmosphere. Few people know that the favorite place of Parisians in 1890, the year was “Hell cabaret” (Cabaret de l’enfer), located in the red light district Pigalle.
The facade was already clear that the inside is something out of the ordinary. Creepy entrance in the form of an open mouth, the figure of hell, sending sinners into the boiling pot – everything is set up the visitors on a mystical twist.
The interior is fully consistent with the stated theme: low vaults of the cave with twisted shapes of human bodies, of a smoky candle, a strong smell of burning. Decorative cracks in the walls were decorated with molten metal, imitating gold and silver. Everything pointed to the fact that the visitors got into a real hell.
Entertainer “Hell cabaret”.
It is worth noting that Cabaret de l’enfer was not the only cabaret with a specific theme. Side by side with him, as if in mockery, there was a “cabaret of heaven” (Le Cabaret du Ciel). In the district of Montmartre people entertained “the Cabaret of Nothingness” (Cabaret du Néant). Visitors are led through rooms with skeletons and skulls, more like today’s panic room.
Cabaret de l’enfer lasted until 1950-ies.
Poster “Hell cabaret”.
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