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The auditorium was painted by Marc Chagall in 1964.
The central chandelier in the auditorium is over six tons in weight.
The interior is richly decorated with marble and mosaics.
The construction of the opera was part of the massive reconstruction of Paris by Baron Haussmann under the orders of Emperor Napoleon III.
During the excavation of the site, an underground water table was found and developed into an underground reservoir that exists under the opera house to this day; it was made popular in the book "The Phantom of the Opera".
This oppulent structure is designed in the Baroque take on Neo-Classicism and includes huge columns, an oversized lobby area with large staircases, and a facade that is heavily decorated.
Despite the large size of the theatre, the actual auditorium is quite small, taking up only about half the space of the entire structure, and seating 2,156.
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