Opéra Garnier, Paris
Sometimes compared to a giant wedding cake, this extravagant building was designed by Charles Garnier for Napoleon 3 in 1962.
The interior of the Opera is famous for its Grand Staircase made of white Carrara marble and its five-tiered auditorium bedecked in red velvet and gold, with a false ceiling painted by Chagall in 1964.
See the Opéra recently cleaned (it looks like a meringue cake).
The Opéra is partly financed by the State in order to present gorgeous shows. There are no savings on the scenery or on the dress and the plays run for a short time.
There is a large range of prices (10 to 150 euros) according to the place in the hall.
Pay attention : for 10 euros, you can listen to the music but you see few of the performance.
The Opera can be visited ( free tour) for 6 euros (open 10AM - 5 PM).
Fondest memory: I had the advantage to visit indoor. The stage is as long as the hall (50 m) but you cannot see that excepted if you attend a ballet. The basement is 20 meters under the soil, at the underground water level and it remains some basins in which, according a rumor, trouts are grown up.
According to a legend, there are on the roof some beeheeves which produce honey given initially to the singers to help us to keep their voice .
During my visit, the huge lustre was down to have its annual cleaning.
Have a glimpse on it, it is marvellous. The ceiling is original.
L'Opéra, première oeuvre majeure de Charles Garnier, a été inauguré en 1875. Ce jeune architecte a voulu créé un nouveau style rompant avec les standards de l'époque (imitations de l'art antique). La scène de cet édifice monumental peut accueillir plus de 400 figurants.
Fondest memory: The Opera, first major work of Charles Garnier, has been inaugurated in 1875. This young architect wanted created a new style breaking with the standards of the time (imitations of the ancient art). The scene of this monumental building can welcome more than 400 extras.
Visit the Opera Garnier (Opera House), it was built in 1860 & is just so opulent & grand, Both inside & out. You can visit 11am to 4.30pm except Sundays.
Fondest memory: Apart from the wonderful buildings & architecture there, Relaxing in a cafe & people watching.
The Opera is a Music and Dance Academy and a place of enchantment and marvels, impregnated with the passions which have found expression. Famous composers and choreographers, instrumentalists, singers and dance stars, have given the best of themselves, reaching the sublime and sometimes reaching despair. Here the most spectacular intrigues of a romantic world were formed and dissolved, on the stage, in the stalls and boxes, and in the wings of this mythological palace.
Tickets for ballet performances at the Opera are hard to come by. However, if you are unable to obtain some, you must try to experience the gold and velvet ambiance of the building itself (the main entrance hall is open trom 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.).
You absolutely must walk throughout the Opera district -- daytime or night. So much to see and do. You'll find lots of shopping, a number of great restaurants and a ton of site to see.
Fondest memory: Our first morning in Paris was awesome. We were a bit jet-lagged, but that's the nature of the game, right? We started out by walking from our hotel toward the Louvre (hey, we HAD to see it once). We ate breakfast at a small cafe near the museum. Two things about that breakfast -- YOU CANNOT GET BREAD OR ESPRESSO LIKE THIS IN THE STATES! Awesome, awesome, awesome. I'm getting hungry and thirsty just thinking about how good that meal was.
Oh, and we miss Orangina. I'm sure we can get it here, but it's all over the place in Paris. Anyway, that was a terrific morning. Great start and an incredible vacation. I believe the photo is of Place De La Concorde. We walked there while waiting for The Louvre to begin its reduced price hours.
Favorite thing: I believe this one in the photo shows somewhere in the middle wall of the entrance of Music Academy....No wonder, I opened my eyes to those fine artworks around.
Favorite thing: The group of naked sculpted womens in white located in both side of the entrance of the Music Academy. Isn't it in a strange pose?
From the outside, the Opera Garnier looks more like a wedding cake than a world-renowned opera house. :-)
Favorite thing: visit the opera house. We actually wandered into this by accident. The lobby itself is a architectural wonder. (However, there is a few for getting beyond the lobby...)
Fondest memory: I think this is a great building but when I was there this New Year's..they were renovating it so I couldn't go in. This photo was taken 5 years ago :-(
Favorite thing: Opera House. One of the imperssive building i ever seen. This building is located in one of the crowded areas in paris. (opera metro station) It's also very close to my hotel(see accomendation tips)