Palais Garnier – Last But Not Least

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.

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Palais Garnier – Grand Foyer

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.

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Palais Garnier – Looking Down

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.

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Paris – #POTD

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.

Bonne journée!

Marla