The Garnier Opera, or Garnier Palace, is a national theater which aims to be an academy of music, choreography and lyric poetry; it is a major element of the heritage of the 9th arrondissement of Paris (France) and the capital. It is located on Place de l’Opéra, at the northern end of Avenue de l’Opéra and at the crossroads of many roads.

It is accessible by the Paris metro (Opéra station), by the RER (line A, Auber station) and by bus.

The building stands out as a monument particularly representative of the eclectic architecture and historicist style of the second half of the 19th century. Based on a design by the architect Charles Garnier selected following a competition, its construction, decided by Napoleon III as part of the transformations of Paris led by Prefect Haussmann and interrupted by the war of 1870, was resumed at the beginning of the Third Republic, after the destruction by fire of the Le Peletier opera house in 1873. The building was inaugurated on January 5, 1875 by President Mac Mahon under the Third Republic.

This opera was called “Paris opera” until 1989, when the opening of the Bastille opera, also Paris opera, influenced its name. It is now referred to solely by the name of its architect: “Opéra Garnier” or “Palais Garnier”.

The two operas are today grouped together within the public industrial and commercial establishment “Opéra national de Paris”, a French public institution whose mission is to implement the representation of high quality lyrical or ballet shows. artistic. The Garnier opera house has been classified as a historic monument since October 16, 1923.

Address: Pl. de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris, France.

The Palais Garnier is open every day from 10am to 5pm (tickets are sold until 4 pm), except on days with afternoon performances and exceptional closures. Last entry 45 minutes before closing time (for ticket holders).

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