"Phantom of a Gilded Age" Opéra Garnier Tip by goodfish
Opéra Garnier, Paris: 139 reviews and 308 photos
My main page photo for Paris is the Grand Foyer of the Opéra:
This was my consolation prize for running out of time for Versailles. So everyone has heard of Gaston Leroux's story about a deformed hermit who haunted the watery, subterranean tunnels beneath a Parisian opera house? This is the place. Those tunnels really do exist, and there really is an aquifer down there that had to be contained before setting the foundation. And while the enormous chandelier in the auditorium has never fallen, one of its counterweights did and killed an unfortunate patron in 1896.
But that's the extent of fact colliding with fiction where "Phantom of the Opera" goes. Built over 13 years, from 1862-1874, this was the glittering home of Opéra National de Paris until the newer Opéra Bastille replaced it in 1989. This grande dame is still very much in use for ballet, classical music and, yes, some opera productions, and you can visit limited parts of it (no, you can't see those tunnels) either on your own or on a tour.
The website has all the information you need to know including entry fees, hours, tours, performance tickets, and excellent 360-degree presentations of the areas you will get to see. Note: Opéra Garnier is not included on the Paris Museum Pass, and the auditorium may be closed for rehearsal during your visit.
Address: 8 rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera 75009 Paris
Directions: Metro: Opéra
Phone: 01 58 05 49 42
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