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Palais Garnier Historical Building Of Opera House Paris

Palais Garnier was constructed in 1861 and is an Opera House of Paris. Its first name was Salle des Capucines and the name was changed when the architectural skill of Mr. Charles Garnier was recognized and given importance. It was also called with the names of Opera Garnier or Opera de Paris, It was the most primary opera home in Paris where many musical festivities were held. It has a 2700 seat house. Now Palais Garnier is primarily used as a stage and platform for ballet.

It also symbolizes Paris as the most popular opera house in the world. It was also used in the novel The Phantom of The Opera and later on in the movie. It was the most expensive project of its time and also the masterpiece of the first rank. There is also one museum called Bibliothequq-Musee de L’Opera de Paris.

A seven-ton crystal and bronze chandelier was also designed by Garnier which has a total cost of 30,000 gold francs. In 2011 L’OperaResturant was also opened offering world-class cuisine offerings to tourists. Foyer de la Danse redecorated it into a new rehearsal space for Ballet dancing. The extremely magnificent building of Palais Garnier has its own style and is considered as Beaux-Arts. As many as 450 performers can be accommodated on its huge stage. There are multihued marble columns, murals, statues, decorations portraying ancient Greek Mythology and culture. Gold-plated bronze busts named after the most popular composers can be found in front of theatre which includes Rossini’s, Beethoven, Spontini, Halevy, Auber, Mozart, and Meyerbeer.

Palais Garnier interior hall.

Palais Garnier interior hall.

The interior consists of intertwining corridors, alcoves, and stairwells with the intention of providing ample space for the movement of large crowds. Palais Garnier was a source of inspiration to many great architectural works that came up with similar designs which includes the theaters in Krakow, Lviv, and Warsaw. National Opera House was also influenced from Palais Garnier in Ukraine. Similarly, the Library of Congress in Washington was exhibited after Garnier Palais.

Palais Garnier front view.

Palais Garnier front view.