It’s hard to pass up taking photos of the Garnier Opera house when it is shining in the sun. I’ve done it before. I did it again.
This is on the side of the building. The rounded ramps going up on either side were built so Napoleon III could enter the opera without getting out of his carriage outside having escaped an assasination attempt on a narrow Paris street before. He, by the way, is the one who decided to have this opera house built. He would have exited the Tuleries Palace where he lived at the time (burned down in the Commune), turned left on Avenue de l’Opera (which was to be called Boulevard Napoleon III) and gone straight to the Opera House. However, he was no longer in power when the time came. In fact, the opera house was not finished when he was forced to resign and it’s lucky the Garnier was finally able to finish it. It’s also lucky that it wasn’t burned during the Commune since most of Paris was against Napoleon III at the time. Once you see it, especially the interior, you are so glad it is still here for us to look at.