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Opera Garnier Paris

February 25th, 2009 by paris

When Napoleon III ordered the construction of new opera house, a young architect, Charles Garnier won the commission, and so was born the Opera Garnier Paris. Situated on the corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber, the imposing facade of the Opera Garnier Paris can never fail to impress, particularly evenings, when illuminated.

Highlights of the Opera Garnier Paris are:

  • Grand staircase, built with different colours of marble this double staircase is majestic
  • The Foyers, the vast and richly decorated foyers provide are covered with delightful mosaics in sparkling colours on a gold background
  • Salon du Glacier, a delightful rotunda with paintings and tapestries
  • The Auditorium at Opera Garnier Paris has a stunningly ornate crystal chandelier, placed below Marc Chagall’s painted ceiling

Details of performances can be found on their website and tickets can be bought on line. This would be an inspiring evening for opera and ballet lovers. Official website:

You can dress casually but many people make the extra effort to dress-up.

Visiting times for viewing

10:00am to 5:00pm, (1pm when a matinee is performed, check with website).


  1. Free for under tens, 4 euros for under 25’s, 8 euros for adults.
  2. With audio tour guide 6 euros under tens, 9 euros students, 12 euros adults, English tours available, see website for details.
  3. Tickets can be bought online ( ) and will be posted free of charge to your address in any country. It usually takes 3 – 4 weeks to arrive, IF the event is in the next 2 weeks, tickets will be held at the box office for collection.
  4. It’s always a good idea to book as soon as the calendar is posted, as especially the cheap tickets tend to sell out as soon as they are posted.
  5. The seats located on the side, tend to be rather uncomfortable and does not give a good view of the performance. However the first row (side) is acceptable.

How to get to Opera Garnier Paris

Metro: Opera

RER: Auber


  1. Can be taken even during the day.
  2. Can be taken without attending an opera.
  3. Before the tour make sure to walk around the outside of the building to admire the view.
  4. Even without a tour the main part of the opera house is accessible for exploration.
  5. Access to the theater/ auditorium is restricted.
  6. Trying most of the doors along the halls, one might be lucky to find an unlocked door giving a sneak peek of the main hall.

Popular Dining options

  1. Cafe de la Paix
  2. Grand Cafe
  3. Chez Clement
  4. Hippo

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