The Opera Garnier has been the sumptuous showcase for major opera and ballet productions within the city of Paris since 1875.



 However you don't have to take in a performance to appreciate its grandeur as the building itself is a major attraction.



The gloriously dramatic marble 'Grand Staircase' which leads from the foyer to the auditorium and the grand foyer are outrageously opulent. You can just see the ladies of Paris vying for position as the paraded here in days gone by



 The foyer would not be out of place  as a gallery in one of the country's grandest chateaux. As yet we have not visited the auditorium as they have been preparing for a performance when we've visited but judging from these photographs (which will open in new window) it is every bit as grand.




Even the view of the rear of the building, which you see as you exit the 'Opera' metro station, is a delight.


Tip:  To get free views over the opera house and Paris visit the viewing gallery at the top of 'Galleries Lafayette' just opposite. 



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Paris Opera - Garnier Palace

8 Rue Scribe
75009 PARIS


9th arrondissemont


Official website


Open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm* (last admissions 4:30 pm)

Closed January 1st, May 1st, and when a special event is scheduled. 

*From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm when a matinee performance is scheduled


Unguided visits:

Normal price : 9 €

Reduced rates : 6 € (see website)


Guided visits:

Normal price : 13.50 €

Reduced rates 9.50 € (see website)


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