Widely regarded as ‘the most well known opera house in the world’, construction to the Palais Garnier was finally finished in 1875. It contains 1,979 seats and was originally intended for the Paris Opera. Much of its notoriety can be attributed to Gaston Leroux, who featured it as the setting for his novel ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in 1910.
The Palais Garnier is no longer the home of the Paris Opera who have since moved to the newer and more suitable ‘Opera Bastille’. However this is still the home of the Paris Opera Ballet who’s excellent productions keep the crowds returning throughout the year.
The grandeur and opulence of this building has to seen to be believed, once a popular choice of evening entertainment for the French nobility and wealthy merchants alike this grand opera house is now open to the general public and comes highly recommended as a must see for anyone doing a bit of sight seeing in capital.
Paris is, of course, home to a number of wonderful venues as well as having a wealth of other attractions that celebrate the arts. If you are going to be visiting Paris soon head over to http://paris-claridge.frasershospitality.com/ for excellent accommodation as well as further information on attractions around Paris.