The Opera Garnier dates back to the early 19th century and is one of the most opulent buildings in the capital city. In terms of opera houses, this is certainly one of the most famous in the world, and it was ordered to be built by none other than Napoleon III himself. Built by Charles Garnier, the architectural style is Beaux, with huge chandeliers, marble staircases, and decoration at every corner. Visiting the Opera Garnier is a must do, whether you’re an opera fan or not. The sheer size and beauty of this building are not to be missed.
Opera Garnier is a 1979 seating opera house, which was built in 1861, designed to be one of the most wealthy in the world and to entertain the masses with opera performances. The sheer design and scale of the building is something you cannot miss out on during your time in Paris. With several rooms and sights to view, including the Grand Staircase, the Grand Foyer, the Chandelier, and the Rotundas, there is plenty to see, and the Opera Garnier can easily fill two hours of a sightseeing day. Located centrally within the city, visitors can head to another spot after here, which opens up Paris and allows you to see more in your limited time.
Visitors to the Opera Garnier should prepare to have their minds blown from the moment they view the building from the outside. Designed in classic Beaux art style, the architecture is opulent, and the theme continues inside the building. With a chandelier which weighs a huge seven tonnes, made of bronze and crystal, this is one of the must-see parts of the room. However, the Grand Staircase is also a highlight, made of Italian marble in sparkling white. As you walk into the Grand Foyer, you will see frescoes and mosaics which were inspired by music and the arts, and the actual stage is huge and very impressive. Every single part of this building is designed to impress, and it doesn’t fail. There is a rather legendary story attached to the Opera Garnier, which Phantom of the Opera fans shouldn’t miss out on - written by Gaston Leroux in 1910, the opera was inspired by events which were taking place in real life. Legend has it that an actual skeleton from a ballerina was found in the Opera Garnier itself! Of course, other buildings around the world have taken their inspiration from this opulent building, including the Thomas Jefferson's Building in the American capital. Regarding the areas that you shouldn’t miss, be sure to stare for a while at the Grand Staircase. Made of marble, the shades of color shimmer and change as the light hits them, and the materials to build the Grand Staircase was imported from Italy and Sweden. The frescoes on the walls are also idyllic, and shouldn’t be missed. If you want to experience life as a VIP in old Paris, then check out the Rotundas. This is where the elite of society sat when they were watching opera performances, with private boxes. Throughout the building you can listen to the guided tour so that you can learn more. Headphone broadcast systems equip the guides and you will be given headphones to listen to the commentary. You will need to leave a piece of ID with the reception, as a deposit for the headset. These days, Opera Garnier is home to the iconic Paris Ballet, and performances still go on to this day. The opera house will continue to be restored and kept in opulence for many years to come as a result.