France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket

France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket

France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket
France Paris Opéra Garnier: Self-Guided Tour E-ticket

Overview

The Opéra Garnier is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris, along with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. The Palais Garnier is also the setting for "The Phantom of the Opera" and offers a glimpse into the world of opulence. Obtain tickets in advance for smooth entry.

Highlights

  • Make like the Phantom and scour the place that inspired Gaston Leroux's, The Phantom of the Opera, on your own
  • Uncover hidden nooks and crannies, see temporary exhibitions, and admire the sweeping Grand Staircase
  • See the auditorium's famous Chagall ceiling and the seven-ton chandelier that hangs from its center

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Description

The Paris Opera offers you the possibility to discover the treasures of the Palais Garnier's public areas, a master piece of the 19th century theater art architecture.  BASSIN DE LA PITHYE, GRAND ESCALIER Beyond the Rotonde des Abonnés, the Bassin de la Pythia leads to the Grand Escalier with its magnificent thirty-meter-high vault. Built of marble of various colours, it is home to the double staircase leading to the foyers and the various floors of the theatre. At the bottom of the stairs, a true theatre within the theatre, two female allegories holding torches greet spectators. THE AUDITORIUM In the tradition of Italian theatre, the horseshoe-shaped "French" auditorium, so-called for the way the seats are arranged according to their category, was designed for the audience to see and to be seen. Its metallic structure, hidden by marble, stucco, velvet and gilding, supports the weight of the 8-ton bronze and crystal chandelier with its 340 lights. The house curtain was created by theatrical painters Auguste Rube (1817-1899) and Philippe Chaperon (1823-1906), following Charles Garnier's instructions. The curtain was replaced by an identical one in both 1951 and 1996. The ceiling painted by Marc Chagall and commissioned by the Minister of Culture André Malraux was inaugurated on September 23, 1964. SALON DU GLACIER, FOYER At the end of a long gallery is the Rotunde du Glacier, a fresh and bright rotunda with a ceiling painted by Clairin (1843-1919) and featuring dancing bacchantes and fauna, along with tapestries illustrating different refreshments as well as fishing and hunting. Completed after the opening of the Palais Garnier, this salon evokes the aesthetic of the Belle Époque. The vault of the Avant-Foyer is covered with mosaics of shimmering colours on a gold background. The view of the Grand Staircase is spectacular. The play of light between mirrors and windows in the Grand Foyer further accentuates the latter's vast dimensions. The ceiling painted by Paul Baudry (1828-1886) features themes from the history of music. The lyre is the main element: it reigns over all the decorative vocabulary, be it on capitals, heating grids or doorknobs. A copy of Charles Garnier's bust by the sculptor Carpeaux (1827-1875) is located in the centre of the foyer, near a window looking down the Avenue de l'Opera towards the Louvre. The view can be enjoyed even more from the loggia. The Salons du Soleil et de la Lune offer a symbolic and poetic transition to the other areas. LIBRARY-MUSEUM OF THE OPERA The collections of the Library-Museum of the Opera (National Library of France) conserve three centuries of the theatre's history. The museum gallery houses a permanent exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and set models. After the fall of the Empire, the premises were never completed: in the staircase leading to the temporary exhibition hall, remain the massive stone blocks dating from 1870. Access to the reading room, located in the Rotunde de l'Empereur, is restricted to researchers. GALERIE DE L'ORCHESTRE, GRAND VESTIBULE The Galerie de l'Orchestre offers a last glance of the Palais Garnier and an audiovisual exhibition recounting its history. The Grand Vestibule, watched over by the statues of the four composers Rameau, Lully, Gluck and Handel, leads to the exit.