Palais Garnier

Only a 20 minutes walk from where I live…and I cannot believe it took me this long to visit! This place….in my eyes, is perfection. It was definitely love at first sight, and I have not said this about anything since I’ve gotten here yet!

IMG_6349It was at the request of Napoleon III that Charles Garnier started constructing this new opera house in Paris. This opera house was actually placed strategically at its current location by Napoleon. Near the Louvre and Jardin Tuileries, the opera house could create a “triangle of power” for Napoleon.

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Step into the auditorium and you see Marc Chagall’s CeilingThis piece of decorative artwork really is the center of the entire auditorium. It makes the auditorium the auditorium. It helps give the place its opulent, classy and stately ambiance. You can see this from two different balconies and both offer different views.

The grand-foyerspeechless. You saw the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles? This (at least to me) was so much better. It felt so much more grand (it did not feel royal), but at the same time, under-stated because of the lighting. The interior design evoked an atmosphere of mysteriousness and intimacy.

IMG_6368A tour guide said that in the past, people didn’t care about the shows. The shows were their excuse to come to the opera house. They really just wanted to be in the opera house because it was a sign they were part of high society. That’s why they have private rooms in the auditorium where you could really just ignore the show and drink with your friends and what not. What a pity about the shows, but I can understand why they would do that.

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