Opéra Garnier, Paris

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    EXTERIOR FEATURES OF OPERA GARNIER

    by balhannah Written Mar 8, 2013

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    Before heading inside, I walked along and took photo's of the different statues and had a good look at this beautiful building which happens to be built in a mix of Baroque, Classical, Greek and Napoleonic styles. To me, and I'm no architect, it all blended together very well.
    The front of the Opera House has multicolored marble friezes, columns, and many statues portraying deities from Greek mythology. Between the columns, there are bronze busts of many of the great composers, including Mozart, Rossini, Daniel Auber, Beethoven, Meyerbeer, Fromental Halévy, Spontini, and Philippe Quinault. You will have to look up to see them, as they are near the top of the roof. I wonder if the whole lot were ever all together in their lifetime?

    Other beautiful sculptures are multifigure groups known as “Harmony," “Instrumental Music," “The Dance”, featuring several nude figures in a wild dance, [this caused an uproar because of indecency], and “Lyrical Drama.”
    On the central roof is, “Apollo, Poetry, and Music." The beautiful gilded figures are of “Harmony” and “Poetry” There are two smaller bronze Pegasus figures at either end of the
    gable.

    So, before you head inside, have a good look out here first!

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    STOP 6 - OPERA GARNIER

    by balhannah Updated Mar 8, 2013

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    Stop 6 is where we alighted from the Bus.
    We had decided to visit the Palais Garnier, the 13th theatre to house the Paris Opera since it was founded by Louis XIV in 1669. It was built on the orders of Napoleon III.
    This is another building which was decided by a competition who would build it. The competition was won by Charles Garnier, a young unknown 35-year-old architect. It took from 1860 to 1875, before the building was completed, and is the most important symbol of the 19th century Second Empire baroque style.
    One of the reasons it took so long to complete, was because an underground lake was discovered during construction. This leads me to the classic Novel, “The Phantom of the Opera," which has been adapted to a variety of film and stage productions. The underground lake and spring which caused delays to construction, was the setting of some of the most important scenes in the novel. The lake still exists and lies beneath the cellars of the building.

    Outside, on one of the corners, is a monument remembering Charles Garnier. The building has many statues and beaut arches, it gives the feeling of opulence even before we entered inside.

    The great staircase, the foyers, the museum, the auditorium (for artistic or technical reasons, it may not always be accessible) can be visited unaccompanied every day from 10:00 am to 5:00p m (last admissions 4:30 pm).
    From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm when a matinee performance is scheduled
    Guided tours in English are held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday : 11:30am / 2:30pm

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    ADMISSION IN 2013... 9 euros.

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    OPERA GARNIER - THE GRAND STAIRCASE

    by balhannah Written Mar 8, 2013

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    Entering the building, we paid our 9 euro admission fee, receieved an informative brochure, and then were left to roam around and look at what ever.
    We came to the one and only Grand Staircase, grand....yes! Infact, I thought all the staircases in the Palais were "grand!" Built from marble, the double stairway leads to the foyers and the different levels of the auditorium. At either side of the Staircase, stand two bronze, large female figures holding bouquets of light.
    Where to look first, hard to decide, so I took a seat on one of the steps and looked. The ceiling is beautiful, painted with allegories of music, chandelier's fill the room with a dull light. For me, it was breath-taking. Step back in time, sit and think back to a time when elegant Ladies dressed in their finest gowns, and the Gentlemen with their wigs on and dressed to impress, walked gracefully up this grand staircase. Wow! I would have liked to been a fly on the wall!

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    Palais Garnier

    by black_mimi99 Updated Jan 23, 2013

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    The Palais Garnier is the 13th theater to house the Paris Opera since it was founded by Louis XIV in 1669. It was built on the orders of Napoleon III as part of the great Parisian reconstruction project carried out by Baron Haussmann. The project for an opera house was put out to competition and was won by Charles Garnier, an unknown 35 years old architect. Building work, which lasted 15 years, from 1860-1875, was interrupted by numerous incidents, including the 1870 war, the fall of the Empire and the Commune. The Palais Garnier was inaugurated on 15 January 1875.

    The most amazing me in this building is the Foyer.
    The vast and richly decorated foyers the audience with areas to stroll through during intervals. The vault of the avant foyer is covered with delightful mosaics in sparkling colours on a gold background.

    Price for adult: 9.00 euros

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    The Grand Staircase

    by black_mimi99 Written Jan 23, 2013

    The Grand staircase is one of the most famous features of the palais Garnier. Built in marble of various colours, the double starway leads to the foyers and the different levels of the auditorium. The Grand Staircase is its self theater where, in years gone by, the crinolines of fashionable society ladies would brush. The four sections of the painted ceiling depict different allegories of music.

    At the foot of the staircase stand two bronze torches, large female figure brandishing bouquets of light.

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    Opera Garnier

    by GentleSpirit Written Sep 14, 2012

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    If you are one of the cultured ones you will get all dressed up to go see one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Well at least until 1989 it was home of the opera and ballet, now it is mainly ballet.

    The opulence of the Palais Garnier is stunning. The stage can hold about 450 artists, and the Palais has room for about 1,979 spectators. The enormous chandelier which weighs 7 tons and is made of bronze and crystal.

    The latest round of major remodelling and restoration was completed in 2007

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    Opéra Garnier

    by Twan Written Feb 5, 2012

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    Opera Garnier, also known as Palais Garnier, is an opera house in Paris, built between 1861 and 1875.
    Opera Garnier in 1861, designed by architect Charles Garnier, commissioned by Napoleon III. The building would be opened in 1871, but due to the Franco-Prussian War, the opening was postponed to January 5, 1875. The interior is rich with gold leaf, frescoes and marble. The ceiling is painted by Marc Chagall in 1964. The style is neo-baroque, eclectic and extravagant to mention.

    This is the largest opera house in the world with an area of 11,000 sqm. The building is 125 meters wide, 173 meters long and 73.6 meters high. The opera house seats 2131 spectators and the scene, about 1200 m², containing up to 450 artists. The chandelier that hangs in the central hall weighs 6 tons and was designed by Garnier himself.

    The building is best known as The Phantom of the Opera (a novel by Gaston Leroux) is playing there. There are now mostly taken ballet, the opera feature is largely taken over by Bastille Opera.

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    Opera Garnier

    by monica71 Written Jan 16, 2012

    The elegant building will definitely impress you! I did not have a chance to go inside, but I surely hope that my dream of attending a performance here will become a reality one day.

    I was told that for the price of a performance ticket, you can go inside and check it out. I did not even try it since I know that nothing could compare to the experience one will have attending a performance here.

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  • Lowest WC density through world opera houses

    by ak_4710 Written Dec 11, 2011

    I live in Paris since 2001 and for the first time went today to the Palais Garnier with my wife and my daughter who is six years old and a great fan of ballet. It is important to mention that we went to see Demonstrations de l'Ecole de Dance - a spectacle essentially performed by young dancers of 16 to 18 years of age; as a consequence, the house was full of children of all ages.

    As expected, the building was beautiful outside and inside (I knew it well as this was not my first visit there), the staff very polite and professional, and everything went smoothly up to the end of the performance when my daughter wanted to go to the restroom - which is understandable as the performance took 2h15min with a short intermission of 15min only. There was a single WC at our level (actually, the best and most expensive one) and in front of it, there was a queue of at least 10 small girls with the same desire. As it was difficult for my daughter to wait so long, we tried an upper level and found even more girls in front of the restroom (also only one per level). We ran down and up again and chose a shorter queue but after 5 min waiting, my daughter could not wait any longer and did what she had to do just on site, which was a quite terrible feeling for all of us. But to make the story even worse, another girl just in front of us did the same 20 seconds earlier!! Needless to say that we were in a mood after such catastrophe...

    The bottom line is that it is clearly a shame for such a magnificent and renowned opera house with Chagal’s paintings and golden decorations worth millions and millions not to invest much lower money in such basic facility as restrooms. Please note - the house has five levels and the number of seats is 1,979 according to Wikipedia - which leaves you with 198 girls/women per restroom, assuming that half of spectators are females (which is a rather conservative estimation as there are typically more female opera goers as compared to male). It is hard to imagine that in France, where the tiniest activity is regulated by tens of rules, there is no regulation for the number of spectators per theatre restroom and I am pretty much sure - or just hope - that this number is lower than 198...

    I therefore strongly advise everybody who goes with small children to this nicely looking but in part badly run place to very exactly plan your restroom visits - and to support this comment as much as you can, to put some pressure at the irresponsible management.

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    The Paris Opéra - Opéra Garnier

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 30, 2011

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    The Paris Opera building opened in 1875. It was a design of Charles Garnier and the building is also known as the Palais Garnier. It's the largest Opera house in the world and can seat almost 2000 spectators.

    The Opera was built above an underground water source. During construction the lowest part of the foundation was flooded, and underground water fills the lowest basement like an underground lake.

    The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris. A museum visit includes an unaccompanied tours of the Opera building.

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    All Great Musician

    by walterwu Updated Aug 5, 2011

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    Opera Garnier facade houses bust of famous musician like beethoven, mozart, etc.

    We did not venture into the Opera itself but had a quick look around the perimeter of the Opera Garnier.

    The interior, from the website, seems fantastic. Admission is 9 € per person and is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. Closed January 1st, May 1st, and when a special event is scheduled.

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    Opera Garnier

    by Erin74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Opera Garnier is a grand Paris landmark located at the north end of the Ave. de la Opera.

    The Opera was built between 1862-1875 and was designed by architect Charles Garnier. During construction, Garnier discovered an underground lake and spring on the building site. He decided to persist in building the opera, and today the lake still lies beneath the foundation of the building.

    The opera seats 2,200 and has an enormous stage that can hold hundreds of performers at a time. The interior is swathed in velvet and gold leaf. A lovely painted ceiling is a work by Chagall and was completed in 1964. The exterior of the building is very ornate and is decorated with friezes, columns, and winged statues.

    These days, most operas are held elsewhere (usually at the Opera de la Bastille) and the Opera Garnier is the home of the Paris Ballet.

    You can take a tour of the Opera Garnier. It costs around 4.50 euros (or 9 euro for a guided tour). The Opera is open daily from 10:00am-4:30pm. There are guided tours in English at 3 PM.

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    Opera Garnier

    by leffe3 Updated Feb 2, 2011

    Designed in 1860 by the then virtually unknown Charles Garnier as part of Haussmann's reconstruction of Paris under Napoleon III, the opera house incorporates varying styles from the Baroque to Classical, with exterior stone friezes, statues and columns.

    Sometimes referred to as the 'wedding cake', it sits proudly at the end of the Avenue de l'Opera, a prime example of Haussmann's clearance of medieval Paris - the uniform 5 storey buildings lining the only treeless boulevard in Paris as it runs south east towards the Louvre.

    Principal home of the Paris Opera Ballet, most of the performances of the Opera National de Paris now take place at the Bastille, although opera as returned to Garnier after a period of ballet and dance only.

    With its underground lake, the Garnier is the inspiration for Leroux's 'Phantom of the Opera'.

    Self guided tours are available.
    Opening times: 10am-5pm daily (except on matinee performance days when it closes at 1pm)
    Entry fees: €9; €5 (students, U-25s); free (U-10s)

    Guided tours - €12/€6 (English twice a day) - book at the counter itself.

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    Opera Garnier interior

    by leffe3 Written Feb 2, 2011

    The exterior of the Garnier is grand, but nothing quite prepares for the interior, which begins as you immediately enter through the main entrance. Immediately in front of you is the multi-hued marble of the Grand Staircase and its two bronze 'torchères' (large female figures holding what is described as 'bouquets of light'). The bouquets provide the light as you head up into the many levelled foyer of the opera house itself.

    And whilst certainly OTT, it is at the same time breathtaking. Garnier designed it to resemble a classical chateau and with its mirrors and windows accentuating the sheer ornateness and ceiling painted by Paul Baudry, it certainly rivals some of the best chateaus and palaces of the time.

    By comparison, the auditorium is relatively plain. Note I said relatively - there's still a plethora of guilded cherubs, columns (over 5 floors of red velvet seating...) but the star is the ceiling and 6 tonne chandelier. The painted ceiling is a more recent addition - Chagal was commissioned in 1964.

    Tours (guided or self-guided) do not always provide access to the auditorium due to rehearsals and performances. Best way to ensure this is to see either the ballet or opera companies in performance (we chose the ballet on the Garnier's huge stage). If you do this, note the unusual system of seats next to each other follow odd or even numbers - ie 163 and 165 are actually adjacent to each other.

    The Opera Garnier is one of the highlights of any visit to Paris.

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    Opera Museum

    by TexasDave Written Jan 4, 2011

    In what was originally the Emperor's private entrance to the Opera, there is a small but comprehensive museum dedicated to the Opera. There are many scripts, scores, photos, and performer's memorabilia. A highlight is a collection of scale models of stage sets for different works.
    Entrance fee is covered by admission to the Opera itself.

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