The Opéra Garnier of Paris

This is one of the most emblematic icons of Paris, and had written on it way back in 2011 in my blog; here it is

The one point is that I used to worked just across the street and had this beauty all by myself to marvel from our mezzanine level floor , of course coming to work walking by it every day. It stuck on you, like anything in Paris does.

TO built it and finished it by 1875 it took some demolition of a good part of the neighborhood of Chaussée d’Antin that saw many mansions from the 18C disappeared. So need to give you a bit more on its history.

The Opéra has two semi circular buildings on each end. It was done to host emperor Napoléon III in the pavillon de l’Empereur giving to the street rue auber and the place Charles Garnier.  Decorated with eagles in bronze preceeded by two ramps to load furniture’s ,etc ; this pavilion d’honneur is today the Museum Library of the Opéra .

It has a great hall à l’Italienne, with red and gold tones and five levels of windows that makes it at level with the street rue Lepeletier de Debret raised in 1821, beforehand the salon of the street rue de Richelieu from the 18C.  You see the sun and the symbol of Louis XIV on top of the scene recalling the foundation of the Académie Royale de musique in 1669.  A composition painted of Chagall replaces since 1964 the ceilings painted by  Lenepveu.

The wonderful grand salon or grand foyer  was inspired by the  Palace of the Doges in Venice on the ceiling evoking  the music, mythology and Christianism. The influence of the Galeria Farnèse des Carrache, on the ceiling by the galerie des glaces of Versailles, and the Bibliothéque or library of the Palais-Bourbon of Delacroix  can be noted.  The paintings of  Delaunay (Apolo receiving the lyre, Orpheus , and Eurydice…), of Barrias ,and Clairin, completes the ensemble. The abundant golden decoration contribute to the lighting on the columns, chimneys and caryatids.

All in front of the Place de l’Opéra built before the Opéra Garnier. It was done taken some portions of the boulevard des Capucines and Grands Boulevards. From it ,the streets ride out in star formation such as the avenue de l’opéra, rue Auber, rue Halevy, rue du Quatre-Septembre, and rue de la Paix that takes you to the Place Vendome.

You have interesting places such as Paris Story, telling about the history of Paris; musée du parfum Fragonard, the Café de la Paix (under my supervision, and historical monument of France) as well as the Le Grand Intercontinental Hotel (also under my supervision, and see photo salon opera historical monument of France) ; the metro line 3,7 , and 8, as well as the stop by the Roissybus from CDG airport (rue scribe/auber).

And do not leave without trying the Opéra restaurant , you go in by the  place Jacques Rouché to the right facing the façade of the opera. More info here:

As Paris, all is sublime, the Opéra Garnier is a masterpiece of France. Enjoy it.

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