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!
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@ Opera Garnier
GIFT SHOPS AND BOOKSHOPS
. 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: boutique.operadeparis.fr
Reservations: 01 42 68 86 80 or opera-restaurant.fr
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.