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The Opera Garnier is the 5th most visited payed monument in France: 700 000 visitors a year… A must-sees in Paris ! The Phantom of the Opera, Chagall’s fresco, the balconies, the architecture, the paintings, the red velvets seats, the “petits rats de l’Opera, the orchestra… Let’s discover them together !
From the monumental staircase to the Grand Foyer, discover this world-famous architectural masterpiece. We will of course first talk about the history of the construction of the thirteenth opera house built in Paris, entrusted to the young architect Charles Garnier.
We will discover together the great hall of 1900 seats and its ceiling painted by Marc Chagall in 1964. We’ll walk along the grand staircase – like we were french bourgeois at the end of the nineteenth century 🙂 – that leads to the foyers, which are themselves richly decorated and bear witness to a time when another show, a social one, was performed during the intermissions.
To finish this visit in beauty, we will venture into the Galeries Lafayette, located just behind the Opera! We’ll go up to the seventh floor, to the terrace where we’ll have a breathtaking view of the Opera, the Haussmannian boulevards and all of Paris!
This dive in the Haussmannian Paris will fascinate you, as much by its decoration as by the stories linked to its construction… Did you know that the architect Charles Garnier had to pay his own place to attend the inauguration show of the Opera?
So, are you ready to follow your guide to discover the magnificent Opéra Garnier in a different way?