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Opera Garnier, Paris – glamour and opulence

Opera Garnier, Opera House, Paris
Visit Opera Garnier from Paris if you want to be amazed by the glamour and opulence of this building, if you want to see the Grand Stairs case with different marble colors, the amazing auditorium hall, the famous 8 tonnes chandelier, and much more.

Tourist Information

TypeLandmark, Opera house
Construction year1875
Age147 years
Ordered byNapoleon III
ArchitectCharles Garnier
Visiting hours
/ Ticket Prices
Visitors can either visit the Opera with a tour guide or by themselves
10 am to 3:30 pm (10 am – 5:15 pm during the summer period)
Closed: 25 December, 1st January, and 1st May
Adults: 14 Euro
Important: Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Palais Garnier might be closed. Check the official site for further information before planning your visit.
Official Sitehttps://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/opera-paris
Getting thereMetro Station: Opera (lines 3, 7, and 8)
RER Station: Auber (line A)
Bus: lines 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95
Car park: Q-Park Edouard VII – Rue Bruno Coquatrix
Place Vendome (533 m)
La Madeleine (575 m)
Chapelle expiatoire (677 m)
Musee Grevin (750 m)
Musee des Arts Decoratifs (970 m)
LocationRue Scribe with rue Auber, Paris, France, Europe


Opera Garnier, a glamourous Opera House

The Palais Garnier or Opéra Garnier is a glamorous opera house at the Place de l’Opéra in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France.

Opera Garnier and Napoleon III

Napoleon III never got to attend a performance at his new opera house because he was ousted during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.

First Opera House to Have Electricity

The power plant that generates electricity for the building was installed in 1883, the Palais Garnier. The bulbs were provided by Thomas Edison.

The Falling Chandelier

On May 20, 1896, during a “Faust” performance one of the chandeliers fall and killed a spectator.

The Underground “Lake”

During the excavations, the architect discovered that the land was very wet. Garnier incorporated a cistern into his design to relieve the water pressure on the basement walls. It still exists today as a reservoir for firefighters in Paris. A more beautiful version of this lake was described by Gaston Leroux in his novel The Phantom of the Opera, published in 1911.

The grand staircase at Opera Garnier

The luxurious staircase used 30 different kinds of marble, from 8 different countries. The marble has white, red, and green colors.

The Phantom of the Opera

Legend has it ballerina’s bones were discovered in the Grand Palais before the opera house was constructed. This inspired Gaston Leroux to write the novel The Phantom of the Opera.

Work of art

Everything inside Opera Garnier can be considered a work of art made with extraordinary talent and full of opulence. The architect turned out to be an incredible artist.

There are two famous works in the Opera House, the Dance Art by Carpeaux and the fresco on the auditorium ceiling that was done by Chagall.

Library-Museum of the Opera

The collections of the Library-Museum of the Opera (National Library of France) conserve three centuries of the theatre’s history.

Grand Foyer

The 18 m high and 154 m long hall once served as the meeting place for the rich people of Parisian society.