Garnier Opera House

I’ve put up photos before of this magnificent building but had a chance to go inside the other day so here are some repeat photos, newly taken.

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Here it is from the outside. At this time of day it was impossible to get any photos without traffic. I should get here early one morning.

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Here is Garnier himself. He won a competition to become the architect. They severely cut the budget but he finished a very opulent architectural wonder anyway. I always wonder what it would have been like if he had had a huge budget.

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The grandiose lobby on the second level.

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The ceiling by Chagall in the auditorium.

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The plush seats designed to enhance women in their gowns.

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There are lots of areas to roam around in and I’ve always thought this was most unusual and striking.

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Look at this ceiling. Sometimes they do fashion shows in this room.

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A photo of a poster showing the roof which I loved.

2 thoughts to “Garnier Opera House”

  1. Such a lovely corner with the black and gold – a nice counterpoint to all of the lavishness. I have special feelings for the Garnier Opera because it was my first view of Paris those many years ago. I came up out of the metro and saw it appearing as I climbed the steps; it was a thrilling sight for a young California girl on her first trip to Europe.

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