Opéra Garnier

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Charles Garnier, 1825–98

Paris, France; 1862–75

In the centre of Paris, around the corner from the Louvre (pages 276–77), is one end of a boulevard that is terminated by the Opéra Garnier – a building that has been renamed to distinguish it from a newer, larger opera house in the Place de la Bastille. It is significant that the opera house has been called after its architect rather than its patron or a composer of operas: the architecture makes an impact that cannot be ignored.

Like the Louvre, the Opéra Garnier is a monumental presence in the city, but in this case the building forms, particularly its sculptural details, are lively ...

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