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2014 Opra de Paris Garnier


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The opulent Opra de Paris Garnier was designed by Charles Garnier for
Emperor Napoleon III. It is the most important symbol of the 19th century Second
Empire baroque style.
Construction
Construction of the opera building started in 1862, but it wasn't
completed until 1875, partly because an underground lake was
discovered during construction. The
small lake still exists under the opera
building. It was the hiding place of the
'Phantom of the Opera' in Paul Leroux's
famous play.
Palais Garnier
Since the construction of the modern
Opra de Paris Bastille in 1989, the
majestic Opra Garnier is now mainly used for ballet performances.
It was also officially renamed 'Palais Opera'.
The Building
Even though the building has a seating capacity of less than 2,200,
the building is one of the largest theatres in the
world by acreage. It is 172 meter long, 125
meter wide and reaches a height of 73,6 meter
(564 x 410 x 241 ft). The facade is decorated
with rose marble columns, friezes, sculpture
groups and two large gilded statues.
Interior
The interior of the Opra Garnier building is even
more impressive than its exterior. The marble
Grand Staircase has a height of 30m/98ft! The
54m long Grand Foyer features a mosaic covered ceiling and a large
number of chandeliers. It is so luxurious that it can be compared
with the corridors in Versailles.
Behind the Grand Foyer and below the green copper dome is the
lavishly decorated auditorium with red velvet,
plaster cherubs and gold leaf. The auditorium's
magnificent chandelier weighs a massive six
tonnes. Its large ceiling was painted in 1964 by
Marc Chagall. The stage behind the auditorium is
60 meter high (197 ft) and has room for up to
450 actors.
Location
The Opera de Paris Garnier is located at the Place
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