Palais Garnier

Place de l'Opéra, Paris, 75009

Completed in 1875, by the architect Charles Garnier (1825-1898) it is widely regarded as "probably the most famous opera house in the world," aided in no small part by the novel-turned-film/musical The Phantom of the Opera. It is generally viewed as a masterpiece of the architectural style referred to as Second Empire, but Garnier described its style as "Napoleon III," combining Baroque, Renaissance and Palladian architecture. Today, it is one of the two homes of the Paris National Opera and is used mainly for ballet, and it also houses the Paris Opera Library-Museum....
It was initially named the "New Opera House" but by the 1890s it was popularly referred to as the Palais Garnier or the Opéra de Paris, or more simply L'Opéra. The building, including the museum, is open to the public for self-guided tours.


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 07/10/2019 and last updated on 21/11/2020.


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