It’s been fun for me to revisit Palais Garnier over the past week. I love how this blog gives me a reason to look through photos that would otherwise be forgotten. While many photos can be lumped together in themed posts, many are stand-alones that would otherwise never see the light of day.
You may recall me mentioning a couple of days ago that Palais Garnier is styled in the Napoleon III fashion, and that it’s highly eclectic with no space left without decoration. Not even the ceilings. So today I’d like to share some photos I took while looking up.
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.
After visiting some seriously beautiful properties outside of Paris that left me wide-eyed and short of breath, I must admit that I was unprepared for Palais Garnier. I thought I had seen the best of the best.
Holy Hanna, was I in for a surprise!
I’ve seen photos of Palais Garnier on television and online. It’s gorgeous. When I decided to finally visit it during this trip to Paris, I wasn’t expecting to be gobsmacked like I was when I saw the ceiling of the theatre.
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.
While the piece may not necessarily match the ornate style of the opera house’s decor (and wasn’t initially well-received by the public), I think it’s beautiful and perfect for its location.