Palais Garnier, Paris.
Home of Opéra National de Paris.
On my very last day of my very last trip to Paris, I tried to book tickets to see an Opera at Palais Garnier. Not least to see the painted Chagall ceiling in all it’s glory. Unfortunately, we had left it too late – story of my life ;) – and only got to linger in the ticket area (aaaaahhhh-freaking-mazing) and sigh at the formidable exterior that I had walked passed for the 5 weeks prior on my way to my Monday night English-speaking acting classes. Paris is just the best like that. Beautiful at every turn.
So, long story short, Palais Garnier is an absolute must-do on my #returntoParispronto list and I thought it should be on yours too. Spectacular, non? Designed by Charles Garnier and topped by gilded figures by Charles Gumery (whose sculptural work can also be seen on the facade of the Louvre palace and exterior of Gare du Nord) the style is Neo-Baroque Beaux-Arts and IMHO Opulence Supreme.
Corner of Rues Scribe and Auber
Palais Garnier is open daily from 10am – 5pm
(last admission is 4:30pm *don’t miss that bit!)
and 10am – 1pm on days of matinee performances (last admission at 12:30pm).
Closed: 1 January, 1 May and days of exceptional events
Where in the world would you like to be right now?
Tell me in the comments below!
p.s. Check out the google maps view from the rooftop. Arghhhhhhhh!
Photography: Amber Melody
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