The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal), Versailles

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For an evening of performances--opéra, concert, or ballet--head to The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal). The main theater and opera house of the Palace of Versailles, it is one of the finest 18th-century opera houses in Europe. Performances frequently celebrate the works of the Baroque and Classical periods, which are most closely associated with the Opéra Royal and the Palace of Versailles. The building features extraordinary acoustics and decor. The Opéra Royal is directly linked to the history of the many theatres at Versailles and the theatrical stagings in 17th- and 18th-century France. Plan to visit The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Versailles attractions using our Versailles travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We had the chance to visit during our private tour, while normal it is not open to the public because there are regular performances. The opera is beautiful, the scene also.
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  • August 6, 2017
    I didn't see this opera during my tour, but that's what I liked. The place is impressive and makes you want to attend a performance
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  • August 3, 2017
    We have here a performance of Don Giovanni and be very very satisfied-the only downside is that there is only 1 point on a bar and that a real tidal wave in pause (also because you should pass to go to the toilet to go)
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  • March 30, 2017
    Not the best experience to enter the opera house. Unlike other major opera houses across Europe, you are not greeted with fancy decorated hallway/lobby. Instead, you are forced to squeezed in with group tourists for the palace through a tiny door, and line up for the same security check. However, once you enter the opera only area, the staff are very well organized. We were guided nicely into our seats. Which makes up the bad experience on the entry part. The opera house itself is stunning, but on the smaller side.
  • June 24, 2017
    One of the most beautiful Opera in the world. The Opera is very different from others because it was built for the King Louis XIV and his closest friends : there is only 600 places and should be compared to Palais Garnier (1979) or Bastille (2745).
  • August 2, 2016
    Gorgeous!!! Bizaerd Ballet at Royal Opera Chateau de Versailles. Visit this palace and order tickets before at official website (something with "Versailles spectacles"). As you understand, fountains must be visited too. Take a time for some walk towards the lake, boat :), see fountains water show. One day for this wonderful place
  • May 11, 2016
    My favorite room in the palace, beautiful rustic theatre especially with the chandeliers. Supposedly great acoustic as it is built solely in wood, I would have love to watch an opera performance here itself. Do check out if there are tickets available online as it still hosts performances here which are open to the public! To tour this room you would have to come with a guide as it is not open to general ticket holders.
  • June 27, 2017
    Very nice place.

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Where to stay in Versailles

Though you can visit the palace of Versailles on a day trip from Paris, travelers interested in exporing outside the château should consider staying in the town of Versailles, Rambouillet, or Fontainebleau. All three of these boast historical centers and a number of accommodations for visitors, from swanky hotels to short-term apartment rentals. You may want to avoid the other nearby towns, like Senlis, which don't offer any lodging in their old town centers. To put yourself within walking distance of the grand palace, pick a spot along the main avenue in the town of Versailles. When staying here, you can experience first-hand what city planners took into consideration when building this new capital.
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