Opéra Garnier or Paris’ Opera House

The Opéra Garnier

This 1979-seat opera house is perhaps one of the most famous buildings in Paris along with Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. The Opéra Garnier or Opéra de Paris  was built from 1861 to 1875 is worthy of a visit during your time in Paris. This theatre is  a specular depiction of Charles Garnier” goal of opulence and style of the type, who was the architect of this historical masterpiece.  Considering checking out a ballet as we did as you can often find a reason seat and enjoy the beatify of the building while taking in a theatre show.

The Grand Ballroom


The Grand Staircases


Inside the Theatre

A recent restoration of the theatre includes the ceiling with a new painting in a more modern style done by Marc Chagall and is noted in the image in the center of the grand chandelier. Due to our seats, this was the best image I could get, unfortunately.

The Ballet Performers

I had been to Paris some eight + times and for some reason hadn’t been inside the Opera House. In planning this visit I decided that a stay in near the Opera House was needed. A last minute ticket purchase lead to seeing the ballet La Dame aux camélias, which was exceptional. I highly recommend seeking this performance for those who love ballets.  The music, the cast, and atmosphere made for a night never to forget.

To explore current performances for the Palais Garnier please visit The Opéra de Paris

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