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Opera Garnier is a must while in Paris?

YES IT IS! Being one of the most magnificent buildings in Paris, also full of history, beauty, ballet dancers, opera singers and unique masterpieces Le Palais Garnier is one piece of history in the middle of Paris.

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Known as one of the most characteristics buildings of the 9th district (9th arrondissement) of Paris, it was Napoleon III who actually ordered its construction to the architect, Charles Garnier, who designed it under the Neo-baroque style.

Inaugurated in 1875, the name remained National Music Academy – Opera Theater until 1978, when it was renamed as “National Opera Theater of Paris”. In 1989 the Opera Company moved to the recently build Bastille Theater and its old placing got the name of Garnier Palace (Palais Garnier), where the National Music Academy remains.
Even they moved from this building, Palais Garnier is still known as Opera de Paris. It is a MUST for the music lovers around the world.

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Curious facts, the Palace and the subterranean caves were the places where part of the novel from Gaston Leroux, “The Phantom of the Opera” took place at, also leading to a musical and several movies.

The Rio de Janeiro National Theater was inspired by the lines and forms from Opera Garnier.

The “Phantom Theater”, at the Hotel The Venetian in Las Vegas was build in the likeness of the Opera Garnier.

Maria Antonieta” from Sofia Coppola uses the principal access and majestic stairs en the scene from the masks. Curious part is, Opera Garnier still didn’t exist at Queen’s Maria Antonieta era, and it was only finished at 1875.

The 2nd Theater of Victory of Valparaiso, Chile, was build in 1886, inspired by Opera Garnier, being a smaller version of it. Shamefully, it was destroyed by an earthquake on August 16th, 1906.

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Now, if you would like the “ultimate ride” at the Opera  Garnier, but you still can’t travel to Paris, this is your best chance on have a trip inside it, were YOU will be the tour guide!

Click on the picture below:

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@ Opera Garnier

. You can reach the Palais Garnier’s bookshop/gift shop from Rue Halévy or the theatre’s public areas every day from 10 am to 6.30 pm and until the end of performances on days when they take place. Information: 01 53 43 03 97
. The online shop:


Enjoy a meal by the starred chef Christophe Aribert in a décor designed by architect Odile Decq at the Palais Garnier’s Opéra Restaurant. Open every day from 7am to midnight.

Reservations: 01 42 68 86 80 or

I hope you will have the chance on visiting this iconic and incredible building while in Paris, of course, if you need any help for transport and activities during your trip don’t  hesitate to look around at our site HERE.

Valentines Day and what do you know about it?

Starting as a liturgical celebration, St. Valentine’s Day came from one of early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several torture histories were made for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular saint writing account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was taken as a prisioner for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. Legend says, while he was in prison, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.


Bet You Didn’t Know: Valentine’s Day“, History Chanel’s short video on things you are not supposed to know, here it is for you:

Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official holiday in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.

Best way of sharing our best wishes to you, is by sharing this picture taken by us on last Friday, February 14th!! Here some ideas on what to do on your V-Day celebration.