The French capital is a city of high culture and what better place to experience this than at the Palais Garnier, which currently plays home to the Paris Opera.
This is the 13th theatre to house the Paris Opera since it was first founded in 1669 by Louis XIV, and was once the place to see and be seen for elegant Parisian socialites.
Despite numerous problems including war breaking out and the empire falling, the building, which was designed by architect Charles Garnier, was inaugurated on January 15th 1875.
Visitors to the opera will be blown away by the Palais Garnier's grand staircase, which is well known for its opulence.
The opera house is a clear example of 18th century decadence - everything is ornate and over the top, and the foyers are decorated with mosaics, mirrors and sculptures.
Once opera fans have ascended the grand staircase from the impressive foyers into the auditorium, whey will see the spectacle of the ceiling which was painted by Chagall and lit by a stunning crystal chandelier.
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Posted by Georgina Black