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Opéra Garnier

7, place de l'Opéra
Paris France

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1861
  Finished1875
Floor Count5
Floor Area11,000 m²
Building Uses
 - theatre
 - library
 - museum
Structural Types
 - lowrise
 - atrium
Architectural Style
 - baroque
Materials
 - gold
 - marble
 - granite

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire241 fthttp://en.structurae.de/
Roof177 ft

Description
- Architect: Jean-Louis Charles Garnier (1825-1898)

- Owner: République Française (Republic of France)

- Cost at Completion: 36,000,000 (gold Francs)

- Napoleon III commissioned in 1958, for a grand opera house to be built for Paris. By 1860, a competition including 171 architects was created. The design of Charles Garnier was chosen unanimously.

- The design of the opera house was inspired by that of the Grand Theatre in Bordeaux, and French and Italian villas of the 17th and 18th centuries.

- There theatre was to serve more as a social hall than anything else. This is shown in the size of the theatre compared to the passage, halls, and staircases which are larger than the theatre itself.

- The legend that the opera sits atop an underground lake is not completely unfounded. During construction, the buildings came upon a rather high water table, that had to be drained.

- Surprisingly, this grand theatre only seats 2,200 persons.

- This opera house is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Paris Opera House, but the city has duel opera houses, including the Opera Bastille.

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