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What To Expect
In 1860, a contest was launched for the construction of a new opera house in Paris. It was young architect Charles Garnier's project which was unanimously adopted for its exuberant mix of ostentatious and eclectic baroque architecture. Today, the Palais Garnier undoubtedly embodies the architecture that best represents the art of the Second Empire, and stands as a symbol of the luxury and pleasures of the French capital. 73 sculptors and 14 painters worked on it until its inauguration on January 1875. Measuring 172m in length and 124m in breadth, the Opera Garnier is the largest opera house in Europe, with the capacity to welcome more than 2000 people.
Your visit will begin with the "Rotonde des Abonnes" (Member's Rotunda) which was formerly used to welcome the audience, where you will be able to discover amongst the arabesques, the unique signature of the architect. The disconcerting Pythonisse will greet you before you take the majestic "Grand Escalier" (Main Staircase), bringing you to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers. The abundant decor, the splendor of the various foyers and the variety of materials used will take your breath away. The numerous paintings and sculptures allow the Opera Garnier to be not only a theater but also a museum at the same time.
Throughout the tour, expert and enthusiastic guides from the Opera de Paris point out the splendid paintings and sculptures that help to make the Opera Garnier one of the most rewarding museums in Paris, as well as one of its most impressive working theatres.
Grande escalier (Main Staircase)
The Avant Foyer
The Grand Foyer
English and French-speaking tour guides
Guided tour of the Opera Garnier's public areas (including the Rotunda, Grand Escalier, Grand Foyer)
Entry ticket to visit the monument
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on this tour.
For artistic or technical reasons, access to the Auditorium may not be guaranteed. The tour itinerary can be modified on the day of the tour itself, if so instructed by the Opera Garnier, without this giving rise to a right to a refund or the possibility to postpone the tour to another date.
This tour does not include backstage access to the Opera Garnier.
The ID card or passport will be required as guarantee for the broadcast system. One ID per voucher.
Please present yourvoucher at the "Guided Tours" counter at least 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
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