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
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