The Opera House in Paris was built to the extravagance & elegance at the request of Napoleon III. The bedazzled and opulence of this opera house is remarkable. The soft lighting reminds me of what I imagine rooms in Beauty & the Beast would look like in real life. It's no wonder why this theater is considered one of the world's most beautiful theaters.
After visiting the Cuvillies Theater in Munich the week before, I developed a bit of an obsession for theaters. Who can blame me? Look at the gorgeous chandeliers and painted ceilings! Let's not forget about the marble floors and the staircases that welcome visitors, making them feel like royalty. The combination of windows and mirrors make the lights and gold shimmer in the most poetic way.
The Italian/ French styled theater with the marble, metallic, and red velvet accents look like something out of a dream. Even the stage curtain was made specifically for the theater. It has been replicated twice since 1817, once in 1951 and again in 1996. One of the best things about the Opera House is that during 2 pm on a Saturday in peak season we were able to walk in and buy tickets & not have to wait in a single line. That is not a common thing when visiting Paris. I think not as many people visit the Opera House as they do the Eiffel Tower & Lourve. That makes this a perfect place to avoid ridiculously long lines and crowds when you just need a break from the tourists.
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