Opéra Garnier: The Jewel of Parisian Architecture

Opéra Garnier: The Jewel of Parisian Architecture


Welcome to the Hotel Edouard 7, our 4-star hotel on Avenue de l'Opéra in the heart of Paris. You've chosen an exceptional place for your stay, as this iconic avenue offers you a breathtaking view of the Opéra Garnier, the undisputed jewel of Parisian architecture. In this article, we will take you on a journey through the fascinating history of this monument and its emblematic architectural features.

A Glorious History

The Opéra Garnier, also known as Palais Garnier, was inaugurated in 1875 under the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. This majestic edifice was designed by architect Charles Garnier, who won a competition for its creation. The Opéra Garnier was erected to cater to the growing demand for opera and ballet in Paris, while reflecting the pomp and grandeur of the French Empire.

An Architectural Masterpiece

The Opéra Garnier is a true architectural masterpiece, blending various styles and artistic inspirations. The façade of the building is a mix of neo-baroque and neo-classical styles, adorned with beautifully decorated sculptures, columns, and balconies. Atop the façade, statues represent the characters of music, drama, dance, and song, adding a touch of grace to this architectural work.

The Splendor of the Foyer de la Danse

One of the most sumptuous spots in the Opéra Garnier is undoubtedly the Foyer de la Danse, also known as the Rotonde des Abonnés. This elegant space, once reserved for opera subscribers, is adorned with mirrors, sparkling chandeliers, and delicate paintings. The Foyer de la Danse is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the glamorous and refined atmosphere of Parisian Belle Époque.

The Magnificence of the Auditorium

The centrepiece of the Opéra Garnier is undoubtedly its auditorium, a truly enchanting venue. The room is richly decorated with red velvet, sparkling gold and opulent chandeliers. The dome of the ceiling is adorned with a spectacular painting by Marc Chagall in 1964, which depicts iconic scenes from operas such as "La Traviata" and "Swan Lake". Attending a performance in this lavish hall is an unforgettable experience.

Opéra Garnier Today

Today, the Opéra Garnier continues to host world-renowned operas, ballets, and performances. Besides its artistic performances, it is possible to visit the Palais Garnier during guided tours to discover all the secrets of this architectural masterpiece.

Arsène Lupin and the Secret of the Opera

Imagine stepping into the majestic confines of the Opéra Garnier, not as a mere visitor, but as an adventurer tracing the steps of the famous gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. This new immersive experience invites you to solve a series of intricately designed riddles while exploring the hidden nooks and grand halls of the Opera. The golden frescoes, sparkling chandeliers, and crimson velvets intertwine with Lupin's mysteries, offering participants an unparalleled adventure! This activity is perfect for the whole family, and our concierges will be delighted to book this activity during your stay.

By staying at our hotel, you have the unique opportunity to admire the Opéra Garnier in all its glory. Whether you are passionate about architecture, history, or art, the Opéra Garnier will enchant you with its splendor and rich heritage. Not only can you plan a visit to this iconic monument during your stay for an unforgettable cultural experience in the heart of Paris, but our Golden Key concierges are also at your disposal to assist with reservations for performances, ensuring a seamless and memorable evening at the opera.


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