The Opera de Paris: Six Reasons to Visit

posted by Sharon January 23, 2017 26 Comments
Opera de Paris

The Opera de Paris is a glittering, elegant theater in the heart of the city. Also known as the Palais Garnier, the opera house opened in 1875 after being built at the request of Napoleon III. Architect Charles Garnier used a bold design that mirrored the flamboyant tastes of patrons of the arts. Today, the Opera de Paris is considered to be one of the most beautiful theaters in the world.

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Opera de ParisOpera de ParisOpera de ParisNot a fan of opera? I’m not, and that’s probably why I skipped this on previous visits to Paris. On our last trip, we met an American family who named this their favorite highlight of their week in the city. So we made our way here on a sunny morning, and we were so glad we did! You can tour the theater and bask in the opulence. You can glide down the grand staircase. You can lean over the balconies and imagine the crowds that have filled this hall for more than a century.

Here are some reasons to include the Opera de Paris in your city itinerary.

The Grand Staircase

The marble in a variety of colors, the curving lines, and the sculptures holding “bouquets of light” make this quite a stunning staircase.

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Plush red seats face the large stage. Individual boxes include number 5 – made famous in the Phantom of the Opera. Some people come to the tour just to see this box.

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The Famous Ceiling

The ceiling in the auditorium contains a painting by Marc Chagall, added in 1964. It’s a beauty.

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The Salon du Glacier

This is one of many hallways and foyers. Opera de Paris

The Grand Foyer

The gold shines so brightly here. Mirrors and windows add light and depth. The theme of this room – and the Opera de Paris – is the lyre. Look for lyres in other places throughout the tour, such as window grates and doorknobs. Opera de ParisOpera de ParisOpera de Paris

Gallery of the Orchestra

On your way out, you pass through this gallery, which displays statues of composers, including Handel. Opera de Paris

If you go:

The Opera de Paris is open every day from 10:00 to 5:00. Check the website for special closed times due to performances.

Admission: Ages 12 to 25: 8 Euro; ages 26 and up: 12 Euro

Take the Metro Opera Station, lines 3, 7, and 8

Tickets are available at the door and online. Pick up an audio guide in your language to fully experience the theater.

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How about you? Have you found a surprising place you enjoyed after almost passing by it?

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26 Comments

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Handmade in Israel January 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

Wow! I am also not really a fan of such opulence, but sometimes it is worth seeing amazing places, even if they are not to your taste. It looks like it is an incredible place to visit.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

Oh my goodness!! What an amazing building!!

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tanya breese January 23, 2017 at 1:41 pm

incredible!! the pictures are beautiful and what an amazing place!

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Denise Allan January 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Oh Sharon you have brought back so many wonderful memories with this post and exquisite photographs. We went to Paris to celebrate our 10 wedding anniversary (many years ago) and we sat in the square right next to this amazing building. We never actually went inside, but what a treat to have you share that incredible experience. It is stunning and if I return to Paris I’m certainly going to make sure I see it for myself.

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Carol January 23, 2017 at 9:27 pm

Wonderful series of shots of a gorgeous building

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Photo Cache January 23, 2017 at 11:02 pm

You don’t have to be an opera lover to appreciate this incredible building. The details and the architecture are wonderful.

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carol mckenna January 24, 2017 at 12:55 am

Wow! majestic and historical photography ~ thanks for sharing ~

Wishing you a peaceful and happy week ~ ^_^

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Kristy Life-n-reflection January 24, 2017 at 2:20 am

It really is quite a sight and you did a great job of capturing it!

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KVVS MURTHY January 24, 2017 at 2:24 am

What a series of extraordinary architecture you have brought here..! Have a nice day ..!

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jesh StG January 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm

Love the patterns of the pillars and the stairs in this opulent renaissance building! In the capitals of Europe there’s never enough time to see it all , sigh. Many thanks Sharon for showing the Opera House for ALL SEASONS! Have a beautiful week (has it flooded where you live? – saw some pics this week from friends in South. Cal.)

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bettyl - NZ January 25, 2017 at 2:49 am

What a wonderful building! The details are just fabulous. I am sure the acoustics are perfect, too. These are great photos.

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Ruth January 25, 2017 at 4:39 am

Wow! It is all I can say. I remember sitting at the steps of this building with my friends and having a good time. We didn’t go in and, now, I can see it was a big mistake. A building that surprised me was the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. It is a spectacular building! #WordlessWednesday

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Buckeroomama January 25, 2017 at 6:37 am

That is so grand! I totally missed this in my Paris trips. I’ll have to make a note of checking this out if I ever visit Paris again.

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Lolo January 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! Ive been to Paris a few times but have never made it to see the Opera! Next time I’m definitely going! #CityTripping

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Cathy (Mummytravels) January 25, 2017 at 4:41 pm

That is an amazing building- I love the facade but I’d never actually been inside in all my visits to Paris. Thanks for giving me a taste with your wonderful photos. #citytripping

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Elizabeth Stewart January 25, 2017 at 11:06 pm

I definitely want to spend more time in Paris! Gorgeous!

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Mandy January 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Beautiful images! Now that I’ve seen this post, it’s definitely been added to my bucket list! 🙂

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Beata January 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm

It looks really worth to visit. Thank you for your post 😀

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Mitzi January 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Such a beautiful place! There are plenty of beautiful buildings & places throughout Europe. Paris is especially lovely at night!

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alex muir January 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm

We went inside the entrance once just to see what my sister was raving about and it was so beautiful, we planned to come back for a tour but never made it so it is first thing on my list for next time we visit. #ciyttripping

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Lydia C. Lee January 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

I love that building. When I went they had a photographic exhibtion of the tunnels to the ‘lake’ which was great as I was reading Phantom of the Opera at the time….

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Stephanie (@Vaycarious.com) January 27, 2017 at 11:00 pm

The American family was right! Definitely worth the visit. Gorgeous pictures, Sharon. 🙂

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Ida P. Krause January 28, 2017 at 12:07 am

Wow! Talk about “granduer” – this place has it all.

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) January 28, 2017 at 6:32 am

Such an opulent building and the marble staircase- incredible. I’ve never visited the Oper House in Paris but will put it on my list for next time I visit. Thanks for linking #citytripping

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Jim ~ ReflectionsEnroute January 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

I’ve always admired the Paris Opera from the outside, thanks to your article I need to schedule a return visit to get inside!

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Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays February 5, 2017 at 8:57 am

Stunning! Great pictures. I would not have thought of visiting an opera house without a ticket to a performance, thank you for opening my eyes! #citytripping #weekendwanderlust

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