Blue hour

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Praia da Ursa, Sintra, Portugal. A blue hour seascape seen in wide angle
The Colosseum during the blue hour
Blue hour in Paris
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin during blue hour
The illuminated mining lamp memorial in Moers during the blue hour

The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light. Photographers call it sweet light.

Influence in popular culture[edit]

As a result of the perceived specialness of this time, there are various restaurants, theatres and hotels called L'Heure Bleue located worldwide. There is also a women's perfume by Guerlain (1912) of the same name.

In English culture the term was used to describe the period of inactivity and uselessness a drinker encounters when pubs and other licensed premises have closed after the lunch-time session (typically 3:30 pm), but have not yet opened for the evening session (typically 6:30 pm). The blue hour has now been largely abolished in England, Scotland and Wales in favour of all-day opening.


  • l'Heure Bleue is a concept often expressed, in his works and in his thought, by the contemporary artist Jan Fabre[1]




The blue hour is also a common theme in popular music and the subject appears in various songs:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Troubleyn Jan Fabre Performing Arts". Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  2. ^ Template:Title=The Junior Encyclopedia of Canada
  3. ^ Blue Hour. HarperCollins. 2003. ISBN 0-06-009912-7. 
  4. ^ Gorey, Edward (1975). Fantod Press / Gotham Book Mart.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "L'Heure Bleue" lyrics

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