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Opera Garnier

Join the city’s musical and cultural legacy at the magnificent Opera Garnier, Paris’ most opulent and magnificent building.

Opera Garnier - Paris
Opera Garnier - Paris
Opera Garnier - Paris
Opera Garnier - Paris

Also known as the Garnier Palace or Paris Opera House, this neo-baroque massive building sits amidst Paris evoking nothing but respect and admiration. Created in 1875 as the home for the National Academy of Music (as is written on its front) and former home of the Paris Opera, it has maintained this unofficial name. Designed by a young Charles Garnier and located in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, it is one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

An international reference when it comes to theaters and playhouses, the Opera Garnier was the inspiration for Río de Janeiro’s National Theater, as well as the setting for Gaston Leroux’s legendary “Phantom of the Opera”.

Breathtaking is one of the few words worthy of such a spectacular scene as that of the Opera’s foyer or grand staircase. The opulence and luxury with which it has been designed and maintained for hundreds of years are truly remarkable. The gold-bathed columns, bronze statues, cherubs and Greek gods embellished in velvet, along with the six-ton chandelier surrounded by an original Chagall have been witness to the world’s best ballets, symphonies and operas.

To enter the Opera Garnier is, as with many other French landmarks, like entering another time altogether. The building allows tourists to go back in time at will, dazzled by its display of Parisian riches, culture and art. However, don’t be distraught by its magnificence: even though performances in the Opera are usually limited to ballet, cheap tickets can be easily purchased if booking in advance.

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