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INFO Built during the Second Empire, Palais Garnier (also known as Opéra Garnier) is Paris' classic opera house and one of the city's most magnificent sites. Designed by Charles Garnier, the building was inaugurated in 1875... ... read more

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Palais Garnier, Paris, France - September 2006
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Flames of Paris PDD (Maria Alexandrova - Vladislav Lantratov) - Palais Garnier, May 5th, 2011
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Naïla Variation Act 2 (Myriam Ould-Braham) - La Source - Palais Garnier, November 3rd, 2011
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Character dances in Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet - Palais Garnier, 14th May evening, 2011
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Palais Garnier Information

Built during the Second Empire, Palais Garnier (also known as Opéra Garnier) is Paris' classic opera house and one of the city's most magnificent sites.

Designed by Charles Garnier, the building was inaugurated in 1875. Its incredibly ornate exterior is noted for a blue-green copper dome as well as artwork by an army of painters, mosaic experts, and sculptors. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's sculpture La Danse – a copy of which is integrated into the façade of the building, as the original is on display at Musée d'Orsay – was famously doused in ink in 1869 by a pedestrian irate at its nude characters.

Palais Garnier's interior is equally opulent, with seating for 1,900, a ceiling painted in 1964 by Chagall, and the seven-ton fear-inducing chandelier depicted in The Phantom of the Opera. The pond hidden under the opera house as depicted in Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel is, surprisingly, not a rumor: when building the structure's foundation, engineers created the reservoir to drain water from the damp earth. It's now home to many fish and a spot where firefighters practice rescue dives.

Also housed in Palais Garnier is the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra National de Paris, a library and museum focused on the opera house's history.

In 2011, contemporary-style L'Opera Restaurant opened on the backside of Palais Garner, with tables inside as well as an outdoor terrace popular for drinks.

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Simply breathtaking!
Matilda M. Oct 20, 2013
The Palais Garnier, was an obligatory stop on my Paris tour - to be honest, I was reluctant to visit the opera house but once there I was amazed and glad I visited this site! Yes, it is true, that under this massive opera house is a pond which was featured in the "Phantom of the Opera" as well as the opera house's impressive 7 tonne chandelier. What I didn't know and found to be quite surprising, is that at the top of the opera house there is a haven of bees along with their beekeeper who make delicious honey! I was enchanted by the famous marble stairwell, and I was in good company - as many arts students from universities were seated along the stairs and were immortalizing this captivating opera house on their canvases. As I sat there and observed, I imagined Paris' finest people coming here and socializing ... and for a moment, I was swept away by my imagination. Overall, I would recommend visiting the Palais Garnier as it is a famous historic site, that can inspire you to learn more about Paris' fine arts and culture.
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