Palais Garnier, Paris’ Finest Opera House

A Visit To The Palais Garnier Paris

The most famous opera house in the world, Palais Garnier, or Opéra Garnier is a beautiful sight to see in person. Seating nearly 2000 people, the opera house was constructed in 1875. Gaston Leroux’s timeless 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera takes place at this very opera house, in the heart of Paris!

As impressive as the Palais Garnier was on the outside, I was pretty disappointed with the inside! The Palais Garnier is quite expensive to enter and once inside, you see a lot of ornate decorations, but the entry fee simply wasn’t worth it in my opinion! They don’t even let you inside the actual opera house auditorium! The view is not by any means higher than the surrounding roofs, but you can see a nice long line of Haussmannian buildings.

I’d recommend visiting the Palais Garnier during an actual Opera performance. I wouldn’t recommend paying to go inside during the day.

Palais Garnier Paris Façade

Grand Foyer with paintings by Paul Baudry in Palais Garnier Paris

Chandelier in Round Room at the Palais Garnier Paris

Chandelier in Round Room at the Palais Garnier Paris
Grand Escalier, Palais Garnier Paris

View of Place de l'Opéra, Palais Garnier Paris

Palais Garnier Paris Opera House
Palais Garnier Paris Western Façade

Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe
75009 Paris

November 04, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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