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

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. It’s intricate and festive, though, with a charm of its own. Read more about the Opera Garnier and some nearby restaurants for a pre or post-performance dinner.

Written by Marilyn McFarlane for EuropeUpClose.com

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