The Paris Opera has two venues: the well known Opera Garnier and the modern Opera Bastille. Opera Bastille is a well designed opera house, but we prefer Opera Garnier.
You will not forget a ballet or opera performance at Opera Garnier. The beauty of music and dancing resonates with the magnificent 19th century building.
Make sure you get Opera Garnier tickets in advance.
Its facade, monumental stairs and Italian type hall with Chagall paintings on the ceiling make it one of the world most beautiful opera houses.
Maria Callas and Rudolf Noureev are among the artists who wrote Opera Garnier glorious artistic history.
The Opera district around Boulevard des Italiens is among the top Paris nightlife districts, with theaters, bars and restaurants, such as Grand Cafe Capucines open 24/24. Locate Opera Garnier on Paris map.
In front of Opera Garnier, the Place de l'Opera (picture) is a superb example of 19th century urbanism. The magnificent Grand Hotel (3, place de l'Opera) is another legacy from these glorious days. See picture.
Opera Garnier can be visited daily. See details and book tickets. Alternatively, join the Palais Royal to Opera walking tour, with a visit of Opera Garnier, a delicious out of the beaten track Paris tour.
One of the marvels of Opera Garnier is its 1964 ceiling by Marc Chagall. The ceiling represents the arts of opera and ballet. The ceiling, controversial at the time of its creation, is now widely aclaimed and a Chagall's masterpiece.
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