Can the Arc de Triomphe fit inside the Opéra Garnier?
|The Arc de Triomphe is 50 meters (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep.|
The next time that you're gazing up at the full height of the Arc de Triomphe, take a moment to ask yourself if it would fit inside the rectangular area where the stage is located in the Opéra Garnier. The answer is -- yes, it will! That's just one of the many fascinating facts that I learned during my recent tour of the famous opera house built on the orders of Napoleon III.
Even though I've already written a post, Over-the-top Opulence: The Palais Garnier, I thought that I would share some of the photos taken during my recent tour with Stephane and Philippe. It's still opulent and shouldn't be missed!
|Garnier brought mosaicists from Venice to create the glass mosaics on the ceilings and the tile ones on the floors because it was not an art that was practiced in Paris when construction started on the Opéra Garnier in 1861.|
|The ceiling in the Sun Rotunda.|
|The Grand Foyer. Photo credit: Philippe.|
Too much gold? Then take a break at the recently opened L'Opéra Restaurant. If you've already eaten there, I would love to know what you thought because it's on my list of places to try.
|Photo credit: Philippe|