Palais Garnier Interior - Art & Architecture Up Close

May 11, 2011

Even if you're not an opera buff, the Palais Garnier is worth a visit during a trip to Paris. It's a sight to behold from the architecture and façade to the artwork of the interior. Hundreds of artisans worked to create the lavish, decorative details. When you get close to the art, you'll see even more reason why this theater is so spectacular.

A replica of the sculture The Dance created by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux in 1869, adorns the façade of the Paris Opera. The original is now housed in the Musée d'Orsay. It features intertwined bodies, which shocked Parisians' sense of decency when it was first unveiled: You'll notice the feeling of motion in the nude subjects.

The famous chandelier in the main auditorium gets all the attention. But chandeliers, candelabras and other light fixtures appear throughout the opera house.


Ticket holders of box seats can actually feel the richness of the velvet and satin chairs and wall coverings of floral decoration.

box seats of Palais Garnier

Also, throughout the Palais Garnier are adornments of gold leaf covering mouldings and columns in addition to the mosaics in the floors.

See also: Guided Tours of the Paris Opera

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