OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS – PALAIS GARNIER
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The Palais Garnier is one of the cornerstones of major renovations of the capital led by Baron Haussmann during the Second Empire. Charles Garnier was the architect. This magnificent temple of opera and ballet was inaugurated in 1875 after 15 years of work. It is admired for its architecture as for its programs. It has the famous double helix staircase which rises in a marble nave of varied colours - from its opening, it was adopted by the "high society" who loved to be seen. The house itself contains sculptures and paintings in abundance. As for the room, dominated by red and gold colours, it has a great and legendary crystal chandelier - 8 tons! - And a ceiling painted by Marc Chagall in 1964. It can accommodate up to 1,900 people. A museum, through its collections and temporary exhibitions, tells the three-century history of the opera - it can be seen during a visit to the palace. The institution has an orchestra that interprets most of the works of the program. The Palais Garnier shares its opera productions with the Opéra Bastille, but remained a key place for ballets. Some recitals and orchestral concerts are also organised here.
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Closed on January 1st, May 1st and performance days. Open every day from 10am to 5pm (last visit at 4.30pm). Shows from September to July. Reservations can be made at the Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille ticket offices from Monday to Saturday from 11:30 to 18:30 and one hour before each performance. Adult: €11. Guided tour. Restaurant. Shop.
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