Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Paris Memories / Opéra Garnier

Here are some more snapshots from our mother-daughter weekend in Paris last October, and I show you another landmark: Palais Garnier, known as the Opéra de Paris.  It was built by Charles Garnier, opened in 1875, and first known as L'Académie Nationale de Musique - Théatre de l'Opéra.  It was only in 1978 it got the name Théâtre Nationale de l'Opéra de Paris, but when the Paris Opera moved to the Bastille in 1989, this building was just called Palais Garnier.  But, I would say almost everybody still thinks about this Néo-Baroque wonder as The Opera of Paris.  
This is the setting for The Phantom of the Opera, the 1909 Novel written by Gaston Leroux, and later made into several movies and stage performances, the best known being Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical from 1986.

The original name of the building can still be read above the columns.
My daughter is being very patient with mom taking all this pictures...

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