Posted by: danielfee | March 3, 2012

travel Photo of the Day 03-03-2012

Opera Garnier - Paris, France

 The Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, was built by Napoleon III from 1861 to 1875. It is an opulent structure built in the monumental style and is typically considered Beaux-Arts with use of axial symmetry in plan and its exterior ornamentation. The five-tier auditorium seats 2,131 people seated under a central chandelier which weighs more than six tons. The huge stage has room to accommodate as many as 450 performers. Today the Garnier features mostly ballets since operas are now mostly held at the larger 2,700 seat Opera de Paris-Bastille. If you are looking for a really unique souvenir from the Opera Garnier you can buy honey which is made from the beehives on the roof of the Opera and sold in the boutique.

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