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Opéra Garnier

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Identification

Opéra Garnier
Palais Garnier
134026

Map

Structure in General

hall
existing [completed]
granite
marble
applied masonry
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

theater/opera

Facts

  • 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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Location

1 Place de l'Opéra
8 Rue Scribe
Rue Auber
Place de l'Opéra
75009
Chaussée-d'Antin
Paris
Île-de-France
France

Technical Data

241.47 ft
241.47 ft
567.60 ft
410.11 ft
7
2
1862
1875
$36,000,000

Involved Companies

Charles Garnier

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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