This is the heart of
the paris 9th district. With its department stores, Haussmann
style buildings and Opera House. From the place Vendôme
the Rue de la Paix brings us to the Opéra Garnier.
Its unique appearence is due to a mixture of materials (including
stone, marble and bronze) and styles ranging from classical
to baroque , with a multitude of columns, friezes and scluptures
on the exterior, the typical exemple of Napoleon IIIs
style. The building began in 1862 and was achieved in 1870
but it finally opened in 1875 under the Third Republic.
Most operas are now performed in the new Opera Bastille,
but the ballet and dance remain here .
From 1881 down to the present day, several restoration and modernization programmes have made the theatre increasingly functional without lessening its appeal as a monument: technical progress and the evolution of sets under the influence of "verism". The next step was the building of a modern and popular opera house: Opera Bastille.
Opera Garnier : Place de l'Opera, Paris 9e
Opera Bastille : Place de la Bastille Paris 12e
How to get there
Opera Garnier : Metro line 3, 7 or 8 : Opera - RER A : Auber
Opera Bastille : Metro line 1, 5 or 8 : Bastille
Informations, hours, entrance fees & acces map.
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