While I wasn’t at Palais Garnier to take in a performance, I did get to see the gorgeous auditorium during my visit.
Built in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, the 5 level auditorium is 60 metres high and seats over 2000 people.
Decorated with red velvet, stucco, marble and gold leaf, the room is a sight for sore eyes.
I particularly enjoyed the rich velvet chairs and fabric covered dividers of the balcony suites.
But perhaps the most impressive feature is the bronze and crystal chandelier with its colourful surround.
Painted by Marc Chagall in 1964, the impressive (almost) 2600 square foot canvas took 8 months to be created and needed a whopping 440 pounds of paint.
In 1896 one of the chandelier’s counterweights came loose and fell through the ceiling, sadly killing a concierge. This event was reportedly inspiration for the famous scene in Gaston Leroux’ classic novel, The Phantom of the Opera.
Check back tomorrow for more Palais Garnier.