The Garnier Opera is a Parisian icon. For the experts, this opulent theater of opera and ballet is part of the cultural fabric of this city as well as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. And throughout the world it is known as the setting for The Phantom of the Opera. Perhaps the most beautiful opera house in the world, the Opera Garnier is steeped in history. Take a self-guided tour of this fantastic home of music (at night).
The Garnier Opera (also known as the Garnier Palace) has chandeliers, a grand marble staircase leading to its Grand Hall, and an auditorium with 2,000 seats. You’ll be transported to the rich elegance of yesteryear as you take a self-guided tour of this beautiful building.
Charles Garnier designed this opera house for Emperor Napoleon III and construction began in 1862, but the project was delayed by the discovery of an underground lake under the building. The groups are not allowed to go down to the Phantom’s lair, but considering the outcome of Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera, it is perhaps better this way.
However, you will visit many hidden corners and niches that make it one of the largest theaters in the world (on the surface). Check out the impressive façade and its pink marble columns, the intricate design of its friezes, admire the seven-ton chandelier in the auditorium and the mosaic-covered ceiling of the Grand Hall, and be sure to check out the temporary exhibits.
Like the intense drama of the musical it inspired, everything you do here will feel epic.
Show the tickets with your smartphone at the door, after the security check.
It can be canceled up to 24 hours before the day of the visit (if selected).