Paris Opera Garnier

Paris Opera Garnier Outside view

Since its inauguration in 1875, the Palais Garnier has represented one of the architectural gems of Paris and symbolic of the city’s transformation wished for by Napoléon III and Baron Haussmann.

The Palais Garnier is the only opera house in the world to allow open access to its public areas all year long. For 138 years, it has been regarded as a world-renowned temple of opera and dance by countless aficionados in France and abroad. 

Its architecture and its interior decor are unforgettable. The recent restoration projects have emphasised the splendour of this marble and gold palace, with its sumptuous Grand Staircase and its foyers lavishly decorated with paintings, sculptures and mosaics. 

The entrance to the Loggia from the Grand Foyer allows the visitor to appreciate the view stretching out across the Place de l’Opéra and the Avenue towards the Louvre in what remains a highly fashionable neighbourhood of the city.

During your visit, several permanent displays will allow you to discover costumes and props created in the Paris Opera’s workshops.

At the end of the visit, the boutique-bookstore in the Paris Opera’s Gallery offers a vast array of publications, DVDs and CDs to prolong the magic of the Palais Garnier.

After your visit, the Opera’s restaurant "L’Opéra Restaurant", located in the Rotunda of the Palais Garnier is there to welcome you until midnight in the contemporary setting created by interior designer Odile Decq. 

You will see around the building, including on the grids located outside the restaurant, the symbol of the Palais Garnier: the lyre. At the top of the front, you can see Apollo brandishing a lyre to the world. As the lyre of Apollo, the architecture of the Opera takes us all up and encourage the spirits to travel.


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