Up Close Picture of the Week: Chagall Ceiling at the Opera Garnier in Paris

Opera Garnier ceiling

The Opéra Garnier, or Palais Garnier, in the 9th arrondisement, is anything but mundane. It’s huge, grandiose, over-the-top opulent, and a Paris sight not to be missed. It took 14 years to build and was the world’s largest theater when it opened in 1875. The ceiling, surrounding a 6-ton chandelier, was painted in 1964 by Marc Chagall. Chagall’s work is a contrast to the rest of the grand décor. ... Read Full Article

Opéra Garnier, A Baroque World

Opera Garnier ceiling

The Opera Garnier There really is a lake beneath the old opera house in Paris, just as The Phantom of the Opera says.  No phantoms are boating on it, however, as far as anyone knows. The “lake,” which is more like a water-filled hole, has a more mundane purpose; it’s a reservoir used by the city’s pompiers-sapeurs (firefighters). The Opéra Garnier, or Palais Garnier, in the 9th arrondisement, ... Read Full Article