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Opera Garnier (Opéra de Paris Garnier) is a magnificent building designed by Charles Garnier in 1862 for Napoleon III and was completed in 1875.

Opera Garnier's massive structure is decorated with many sculptures, friezes and columns from Classical to Baroque style and is adorned by two gilded statues. Many materials were used for the exterior including marble, bronze and stone.

The interior is even more impressive and is a true rival to Versailles. The Grand Foyer and the Grand staircase are remarkable in size and decorations.

The Grand staircase is made of white marble with red and green marble balustrade. The beautiful chandeliers, the mosaics, and the auditorium are all lavishly decorated. The auditorium’s ceiling was painted by Marc Chagall in 1964.

Today Opera Garnier is used mostly for ballet performances while the operas are performed at the Opera Nationale de Paris Bastille.

Where is Opéra Garnier: Place de l'Opéra, Opera Quarter, arrondissement 9

How to get to Opéra Garnier: By metro line 3,7,8 to Opéra station.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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