The Opera Garnier has
been the sumptuous showcase for major opera and ballet productions within the
city of Paris since 1875.
However you don't
have to take in a performance to appreciate its grandeur as the building itself is a major attraction.
The gloriously dramatic marble 'Grand Staircase' which leads from the foyer to the auditorium
and the grand foyer are outrageously opulent. You can just see the ladies of Paris vying for position as the paraded here in days gone by
The foyer would not be out of place as a gallery in one of the country's grandest chateaux. As yet we have not visited the auditorium as they have been preparing for a performance when we've visited but judging from
these photographs (which will open in new window) it is every bit as grand.
Even the view of the rear of the building, which you see as you exit the 'Opera' metro station, is a delight.
To get free views over the opera house and Paris visit the viewing gallery at the top of 'Galleries Lafayette' just opposite.