Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris, Paris

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Perhaps one of the most famous and opulent opera houses in the world, Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris was the setting for the 1910 novel "The Phantom of the Opera,” by Gaston Leroux. When you approach the façade, look up and you'll see the 7.5-m (25-ft) Beaux Arts statue known as L’Harmonie. Today, the opera house primarily produces ballet productions, which you can attend with advance tickets. Admission to an on-site museum, the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum), is included in unaccompanied tours of the opera house building. Be sure to admire the enormous bronze and crystal chandelier in the auditorium. You can dine in the L'Opéra Restaurant. Put Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris and other Paris attractions into our Paris travel route planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • As I stepped off the escalator from the Metro station, I turned around and was mesmerized, what a gorgeous building, it blew me away, breathtaking. Great area too, so much to do, loads of shops/cafes/...  more »
  • That say if n is that this place is mythical must-see ceiling l architecture the place is fabulous
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  • The Opera Garnier is can not miss. It's beautiful. The magnificent staircase, the impressive great Hall, the ceiling of the room, finally all leaves you open-mouthed. Is of the places in Paris that you can not miss
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  • What a fabulous place! No wonder so many other opera houses around the world were styled and designed the same. It is fabulous outside and inside with great acoustics. There is even an outside contemporary bar with modern music which just embraces new styles. Brilliant place. A must visit.
  • When built, about 150 years ago [it took about 15 years to build], it was the most expensive and opulent. It is named for the architect, who also designed the 7 ton chandelier. In addition, its fame was increased when it was the model for the "Phantom of the Opera"!! One can take a guided or unguided tour of this very impressive building [which seats about 2,000 people]-- with interesting features both on the inside and the exterior. In addition to housing the Opera it also houses [more frequently now] the Ballet as well as the Paris Opera-Ballet Museum and Library [the latter is managed by the French National Library! I hope that this Review has been helpful!
  • If you visit Paris and you cannot make it to Versailles, this is at least as beautiful as it gets if you don't have too much time either. This opera house is a lovely place to take a walk through and see some of the most beautiful interior in richly decorated Baroque style. If you have seen "Smurfs 2" you might also recognize the interior of the main auditorium. Typical of many of these beautiful old buildings in Paris, you feel like going back in time when you visit a place like this. I was also glad to be able to take a few nice photos there. Thank you, city of Paris!
  • What a stunning and magical place! I saw the Ballet which was excellent. But the building! Absolutely unbelievable. It is dripping in gold and decadence. Truly a relic of an earlier time. Well worth visiting. Don't miss the statues of famous French Baroque composers (and some non- Frenchmen who became famous in Paris) in the entry lobby.
  • The building itself and its history were fascinating - my entire family really enjoyed it. However, I can't recommended a guided tour. The tour guide was okay, but we didn't see any area that you couldn't see via the cheaper self-guided tour. The self-guided tour also has an audio guide that contains more information than we received. So definitely go, but don't waste your money on the guided tour.
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