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Opéra - Palais Garnier
Place de l’Opéra, 9th
M° Opéra
Tel 01 41 10 08 10

The Palais Garnier is one of the most beautiful monuments in Paris. It was built under Napoleon III as part of the Parisian reconstruction project carried out by Baron Haussmann. The architect was the unknown 35-year-old Charles Garnier, who gave the opera house its name, Palais Garnier. Building work lasted fifteen years from 1860 to 1875, interrupted by the Franco-Prussian war, the fall of the Empire and the 1871 Commune.

Opening Hours: The great staircase, the foyers, the auditorium, the museum and the temporary exhibition hall are open daily from 10am-5pm (last admission at 4:30pm). Closed January 1, May 1 and mornings during theatrical events.

Tickets: €7 for adults, €4 for students, retirees and kids under 19.

Free Entrance: Kids under 10.

Info and Services: Guided visits are available in English every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday : 11:30am and 2:30pm (daily from July 1 - August 31 and school holidays).

Heather's Note: Home to the Phantom of the Opéra and scenes from the Hollywood version of the film Dangerous Liaisons. You can get a free peek of the grand marble staircase and lobby statues from the main entrance (where you’ll also find the tiny Opéra boutique).

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