Palais Garnier

Paris, France

The Palais Garnier is a opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. The architect was Charles Garnier (1825–1898). It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.

The Palais Garnier is one of the most famous opera houses in the worlkd. This is at least partly due to its use as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and, especially, the novel's subsequent adaptations in films and Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular 1986 musical.

The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum). Although the Library-Museum is no longer managed by the Opera and is part of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the museum is included in unaccompanied tours of the Palais Garnier.



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Founded: 1861-1875
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France


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Matthieu Julien (9 months ago)
One of the best and most impressive sights of the city. The history and architecture are both stunning. I really recommend learning about the history of the culture and fashion of going to the opera when it was built during the Belle Époque. Such a fascinating space- the staircase is huge!
Priyadharshni RAMANUJAM (11 months ago)
I went on the tour inside the palace. It was incredibly beautiful! Every bit of the palace has some detailed work or the other. Too bad I couldn't get any tickets to see any show but I've been told multiple times that they're really good.
Tim Paris (12 months ago)
My favourite building in the city, probably one of the most beautiful. It's stunning architecture is one of the selling point of the Opera
tuananh nguyen (13 months ago)
The architect of this theatre is totally amazing. You can sit in the step and see the busy road. Sometimes you can get the street performance. This guy in my picture had a beautiful voice.
Simon Godly (14 months ago)
At the moment with Covid 19 it is a good idea to book online - you are offered time slots. Masks obligatory. The architecture is amazing, curves, columns, mosaic and mirrors. There's an opulence in the outer halls that suggests that a tub of ice cream is unlikely between acts
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