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☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

19/03/2009

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

The Opera House was inaugurated under the Third Republic, following fifteen years of setbacks, including the nightmarish discovery by the architect Charles Garnier, of an underground expanse of water..

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

This rather deep lake, the stage for executions during the Commune, was the inspiration for writer Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera..

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

But let’s start with the main auditorium, with its ceiling painted by Chagall, its eight-ton crystal chandelier, and purple velvet seats set around an Italian-style stage, where operas and ballets are performed..

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

The vestibules and main staircase going up to the auditorium are made of marble and filled with sculptures of harps and lyres leading the dance..

Outside, Baroque and neo-Renaissance styles intertwine above a flight of steps that are a popular place for people to meet up..

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

☆ Palais Garnier – Opéra national de Paris ☆

Place de l’Opéra (9th).
M° Opéra.
Tel: 01 40 01 22 63.
Daily: 10am-4.30pm, except for matinees and one-off performances.
€7– RR: €4.
www.opera-de-paris.fr
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