It was Napoleon III who took the decision to have this major Parisian opera house built and he entrusted its construction to Charles Garnier, a young architect. Building work was started in 1860 and it was completed in 1875.
The Opera Garnier is a magnificent gilded marble building, a sumptuous and striking palace.
From the end of the Avenue de l'Opéra, imposing and majestic, the Opera Garnier never fails to impress.
Inside, a huge staircase takes you to the different levels and it is flanked on both sides by a collection of paintings and sculptures and most notably the ceiling painted by Chagall.
The auditorium shimmers with red and gold touches.
According to legend, a ghost haunted the palace, a story which inspired Gaston Leroux to write the novel The Phamton of the Opera, leading to many famous theatre, musical and film adaptations.
In the sumptuous setting of the Opera Garnier, performances such as operas, ballets and international productions become ever more majestic, the setting perfectly complementing the sheer magic of the productions.
Audiotel 0 892 89 90 90 (0,34€\min)
The opening hours indicated are for visiting the Palais Garnier (outisde of performances)
All year long :
Every day, from 10:00 to 16:30
From Wednesday 1 January to Wednesday 31 December 2014 :
Every day, from 10:00 to 18:00
Admission prices :
Full price : 10 €
Reduced price : 6 €
Closed on 1 January and 1 May