Palais Garnier is simply one of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of Paris to visit. The building was designed by Charles Garnier and built in 1862 for Napoleon III to house the Opera in Paris.
After running into a surprise, namely the lake underneath the building along with the outbreak of the Prussian war, the construction was postponed a few times. This is the underneath lake that was the inspiration of the Phantom of the Opera. Opera Garnier finally opened in 1875.
Inside Palais Garnier is very impressive with the marble staircase, huge chandeliers of crystal and bronze weighing about 7 tons, velvet and golden leaf decorations. The ceiling was painted by Chagall in 1964.
The stage inside can handle about 450 performers and seat just under 2000 viewers.
Palais Garnier is a Paris must see.