Garnier Palace, commonly known as Opera
Garnier is located in the IX arrondissement
It is considered an architectural masterpiece
of its century and a magnificent example
of neo-baroque style.
Before the construction of the Opera
Bastille, the Opera Garnier was known
as the Opera of Paris. Napoleone III approved
the project of the baron Haussmann in 1858
aiming to create a monumental building.
The contest for the construction of the
building was won by Charles Garnier and
more than 170 architects had applied.
The first stone was laid on 1861. The construction
of the Opera was stopped several times due
to different events (like the French-Prussian
war) and it was terminated in 1874.
The inauguration took place on the 5 January
1875 in presence of many famous people of
that time like the president Mac Mahon,
the mayor of London and the Spanish royal
In occasion of the inauguration of the theatre
some parts of the Huguenots of Meyerbeer
The Opera garnier occupies a total surface
of 11000 m2 and can welcome more than 400
artists. The external facades are richly
decorated with fine marbles, columns and
The interior is also highly decorated with
golden statues, marbles, velvet, paintings
Place de l'Opéra
Tel. : 01.40.01.22.63
Chaussée D'Antin - La Fayette
Everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.