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Charles Garnier created an opulent cathedral for the bourgeois when his opera house was finished in 1875, and it quickly became about more than just the performances. Here's how the architect made being seen as important as the seeing itself!
Napoleon III wanted Paris' archaic streets to reflect the glory of the French Empire. To do this, he hired Baron Haussmann to tear much of the city down and rebuild from scratch.
After surviving an assassination attempt outside the previous opera house, Napoleon III announced a competition to design one for Paris' new, less-secluded streets.
In creating such a spectacular foyer, adorned with marble, mosaics, and chandeliers, Garnier was setting aside as much space for socializing as for the performances themselves!
While the simplistic yet grandiose design was commended, few knew for what style it was aiming. When the Empress Eugénie asked, Garnier replied, "Why Ma'am, in Napoleon Trois!"
The cupola that crowns the opera house is a "false dome." It covers another, the space between which can retract the grand 7-ton chandelier hanging over the auditorium!
The Palais Garnier is open for visitors to wander around or take a tour from 10:00AM to 5:00PM most days. Due to performances and rehearsals, however, some access may be limited. You can check for exceptional closure information at visitepalaisgarnier.fr.
The Palais Garnier is located outside the Metro stop Opéra on lines 3, 7, and 8. It can also be reached via numerous bus routes: 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, and 95.
- When to visit10:00AM to 5:00PM most days.
- What is the price?An adult ticket to visit the Palais is just 10.00 €.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereTake Metro lines 3, 7 or 8 to the Opéra stop, or one of the numerous buses that runs by.
- Additional tips** There are occasional exceptional closures, so check the official website and plan ahead!*
What People Are Saying About Palais Garnier
Love!!! The tour guide added a lovely way to tell the story of this gorgeous, historical, landmark in Paris.
A great way to scope the major areas of tourist interest in Paris, with a personal touch. So much fun!
Loved this well worth the money our driver had such a passion for his city he could of talked all night about it it was certainly a labour of love for him. Learnt loads, seen places we hadn't managed to ,seen how different it was at night and most of it was an experience being in the 2CV around the streets of Paris.
We got the 3 day ticket and would recommend this if you have the time. Sometimes the traffic is heavy in the city centre so it takes a while to get to attractions. This would be the same in a car or taxi though. We got the subway sometimes also but definitely felt safer on the tour bus.
This was booked as a birthday treat for my sister and, as requested, the 2 CV displayed the appropriate number. Generated a considerable amount of interest from passers by as we drove past. Seeing the sights of Paris in this iconic car was an experience not to be forgotten. Not a great deal of padding in the back seat but somehow it added to the experience. Our guide Eric was lovely and very knowledgeable; making us aware of the history of some of the buildings that we would never have known about otherwise. Time was allowed for taking photographs. Would highly recommend this trip.