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Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier

The idea of a new opera house was first thought of in around 1820 and after a few years a competition was run for the design.

It was the young architect Charles Garnier who was picked with the winning design for the new opera house from over 170 contestants and work started in 1862 on the Opera National de Paris - Palais Garnier.

When construction of this magnificent building was finally started, it was very quickly suspended due to the discovery of an underground lake and spring and although the problem was overcome, it took until 1875 for the completion of the new Paris opera house.

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Opera National de Paris - Palais Garnier

Incredibly, though, the lake and spring still lies beneath the cellars of the building and yet the Opera Garnier is still playing host to concerts, shows, operas and drama to this day, although there have had to be a few renovations done since it was first inaugurated back in 1875.

The Opera National de Paris, Palais Garnier is a large ornate building that has become a well known Paris landmark and is decorated with columns, statues, friezes etc and is in the Napoleon style.

The richness inside the Opera Garnier, as it is affectionately known, continues and is probably even more impressive with the rich velvets, gold leaf, painted ceiling, nymphs and cherubs, along with a beautiful central chandelier that weighs over six tons!

The Opera Garnier has a total area of approximately 11,000 square metres and a very large stage that can hold over 400 artists at any one time.  The auditorium itself is around half of the total space and yet only seats 2,200 people at any one time.

The majority of the remainder of space inside this incredible building is used to house all the necessary logistical support from back stage props, personnel, etc, so that the stage demands of any opera can be met and this even includes having a rotating stage so that animals such as horses can still run and make the shows and even more realistic and impressive experience.

Most hotels in Paris and also the tourist information centres will have a schedule of the up coming events at the many Paris Opera Houses including the Opera National de Paris, Palais Garnier and there are also lots of Paris hotels that will have a concierge service so that they can even book tickets on your behalf.

Address & Contact Details:

Opera National de Paris - Palais Garnier
1 Place de l'Opera
Ile de France

Telephone: 1 40 01 80 52

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