The Palais Garnier, a cultural treasure five minutes from the Chess Hotel
Categories : Visit Paris, published on : 3/10/22
Although it has shared the title of Opéra de Paris with the Opéra Bastille since 1989, the Palais Garnier or Opéra Garnier retains an unparalleled aura, due in part to its sumptuous architecture. A five-minute walk from the Chess Hotel, the Palais Garnier invites you to enjoy a cultural visit or a ballet performance, a concert or a recital. Don’t miss the opportunity!
An architectural masterpiece
Built at the behest of Napoleon III during the Third Republic, the Palais Garnier perfectly symbolises the fascination for classical architecture of the 19th century combined with the use of industrial techniques that were new at the time. Behind the colonnades and volutes, the vast spaces, the monumental staircase and the lighting is concealed a perfect technical mastery. Today, you can discover all its secrets during guided or self-guided tours that take you behind the scenes. You can also admire at leisure, if no rehearsal is in progress, the fabulous ceiling frescoes painted by Marc Chagall.
Of course, the reputation of the Opéra Garnier is not only due to its decor. The venue continues to garner popular and critical acclaim for the exceptional quality of its productions and the high standard demanded of its performers. You have only to attend a show of the Ecole de Danse de l’Opéra to understand this. On the programme for this season, you will find a pleasing mix of great classics such as Gisèle and Platée, as well as contemporary creations such as A Quiet Place by Bernstein, Fin de Partie by Kurtag and the remarkable choreographies of Mats Ek...
While staying at the Chess Hotel, you will only be a five-minute walk from the Palais Garnier. Seize this opportunity to discover the majestic building by taking a tour or, even better, by attending a performance. Book your tickets as soon as possible, as places are quickly snapped up!
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