Let’s go back to one of the most ridiculously over the top places that I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. I’ve covered Palais Garnier over several posts and they can be found here and here (and here and here and here and here and here).
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.
Shall we step outside for some air?
Off of the Grand Foyer is The Loggia, the outdoor space enclosed by columns and topped by 5 mosaic medallions picturing masks.
It seems only right that this week’s Thursday Door be from Palais Garnier.
If I had to choose one space at Palais Garnier to be my favourite, I’d have to say that it’s the Grand Foyer. With the curved (domed?) ceiling and use of mirrors bouncing lights from the windows opposite, the room very much remind me of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Yesterday I shared photos taken while looking up. Today we’ll, you guessed it, focus on the ground. Whether it’s a cobblestone pathway or an intricately patterned tile mosaic floor, I often appreciate the ground upon which I walk as much as the decor around me. The flooring at Palais Garnier was another example of the fine craftsmanship that went into such a beautiful space.
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.
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.