Palais Garnier

Price guide: Mid-range

place de l'Opéra, Paris, 75009

Price guide: Mid-range

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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
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3.5
Recommended for:
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Expert review of Palais Garnier

Gloriously gaudy: Paris's operatic feast.

Paris's historic opera house remains one of the most glamorous places in the city for a night out for ballet or opera (performances are shared between here and the modern Opéra de la Bastille) but even if you don't have tickets for a performance, it is also worth a visit during the day just to absorb the fabulously over-the-top decor, a symbol of Second Empire Paris, commissioned by Napoleon III as part of his grandiose rebuilding of the city, designed by Charles Garnier and built between 1860 and 1875. You can visit the grand staircase built in gaudy polychrome marble, the massive foyer with its painted ceilings and the auditorium with its tiers of boxes, ceiling by Marc Chagall and massive chandelier.

Price advice: 

 9 euros, 5 euros 10-24, free under 10s.

More information on Palais Garnier:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Landmark / monument, Theatre / opera house / concert hall
Address:
place de l'Opéra, Paris, 75009
Telephone:
08 92 89 92 90
Website:
http://www.operadeparis.fr
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Open for visits daily 10am-5pm, 10am-1pm on days of matinées (mid-July-Aug until 6pm), except during certain performances; performances Sept-mid-July.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Opera

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