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Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

8 rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera, 75009 Paris, France (Opéra)
01 58 05 49 42
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Ranked #4 of 734 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Operas, Architectural Buildings, Theaters
Description: This performance hall hosts opera, ballet and chamber music performances.
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

One of the downsides to visiting Paris in July and August is that the Opera is on vacation. Nonetheless the Palais Garnier is open for tours, and definitely worth the 30 minutes to an hour one can spend there. Although the facade and Grand Staircase are memorable, it is the Grand Foyer that will knock your socks off. We often... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the Palais Garnier in July 2014 and were astonished by the opulence of the exterior architecture and the interior decoration which is attributed to the Beaux-Arts style which draws from French and Italian baroque and Rococo. We took a walking tour of central Paris that ended at the Palais Garnier, and I was unable through... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Incredible historic building, very beautiful and overwhelming by the amazing architecture. Take a guided tour!

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Westfield, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Guide started off by asking us what we wanted to know. We took a guided tour because we wanted to learn. If you know nothing, you don't even know what to ask. Except for the fact tha only guided tours can get into the theater itself, I would not recommend spending the money on a guided tour.

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Gainesville, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This was our first stop in Paris and it did not disappoint! It was spectacular and we loved walking from room to room and love the "Phantom" balcony!

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oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Must see this place. So much history here. The building is amazing and the museum like costumes scattered around the building give it an erie feel, perfect for the setting of phantom!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Was here towards the end of July when season is over. Went to see the building and booked an English tour at their ticket window. The Opera House is amazingly beautiful. Our guide was enthusiastic and spent 1.5 hours with us--was very interesting. Highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As a singer I have performed at many venues (Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, etc.) Although I was not going to the opera to perform, I had to see all the hype of the palace of garnier. First impresson was that the actual building is huge. We booked a tour through Viator (I will supply link after review) called "After Hours... More

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We finally visited the Garnier on this trip to Paris. We loved how we could just wonder around and not have to follow a tour like you do in other opera houses. But, that did make me feel like we were possibly missing out on some important information you could learn from a guide. The rooms have information placards in... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The most beautiful interior of a building in Paris. Gold statues, chandeliers, candelabras everywhere. Magnificent grand staircase. Cool and quiet in the hot Parisian afternoon.

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