Palais Garnier, Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier Opera House was commissioned by Napoleon III in 1860 and designed by Charles Garnier in an opulent Baroque style. From 1862 through 1875, Garnier dedicated himself to the project nonstop. The grandiose monument now serves as a symbol of Napoleon’s Imperial reign.
Poetry, Music, Idyll, Recitation, Song, Drama, and Dance are among the allegorical figures shown on the facade’s eight sculptures. The loggia features busts of famous composers such as Rossini, Beethoven, and Mozart, while the cupola is topped by an Apollo statue with allegorical figures of Poetry and Music.
The opulent 11,000-square-meter interior dazzles guests upon entering the structure. The great foyer, with its fabulous Grand Escalier marble entrance staircase and beautiful gilt lighting, takes up the majority of the building’s space.
The auditorium has a little feel to it, despite the fact that it can seat 2,105 people in its plush red-velvet seats. The theater’s splendour is enhanced by gilded balcony, a large crystal chandelier, and a Chagall ceiling painting, which creates the ideal dramatic backdrop for cultural performances.
The Opéra Garnier presents a famous roster of activities for guests looking for something to do in Paris at night. There are also ballet performances, classical music concerts, and gala events in addition to opera. Attending a concert is a fantastic chance to view the inside of the building while also having a glamorous evening. Another alternative is to visit during the day (entrance ticket required) or to take a guided tour.
Inside the structure, the Bibliotèchque-Musée de l’Opera (Opera House Library-Museum) houses three centuries of archives as well as displays dedicated to the art of opera. Drawings of costumes and sets, scale models, and paintings of the building are also part of the museum’s permanent collection.
A store at the Opera House sells opera-related literature and gifts. CoCo, a trendy restaurant within the Opera House (entrance on the Place Jacques-Rouché) that provides exquisite contemporary cuisine created with seasonal ingredients, will thrill fine dining connoisseurs.