Opéra Garnier and the nearby department stores
The Opera neighborhood takes its name from the ornate and prestigious opera hall that sits within the 9th district of Paris. The history of opera in Paris began in the 17th century, when an opera company was established in 1669 under the name Académie d'opéra in order to make opera music and performances more readily available to the public. However, it was not until the mid-1800s that this opera academy would find its home at the Opéra Garnier, the full name of the 9th-arrondissement opera house.
It took more than 10 years to complete the construction of the Opéra Garnier, and the level of mastery and attention to detail is evident both outside and inside of the building. The front facade is adorned with various columns and statues, including two striking gilded figures that flank the center dome of the structure. Inside, the expansive Grand Staircase welcomes visitors to the many corridors of the Opéra, with warm amber and deep red hues dominating the decor.
In addition to the Opéra Garnier, this neighborhood also offers up some of the best shopping in the City of Light. With the legendary department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps sitting right next to each other, those visiting the Opera neighborhood have plenty of opportunities to see how Parisians shop. Open since 1895, Galeries Lafayette is a city landmark, with an appropriately stunning and ornate interior that in itself is worth seeing. Printemps, an equally historic shopping establishment, first opened in 1865 and has been delighting shoppers ever since.
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How to get there
Walking distance from the Grand hotel du Palais Royal in less than 10 minutes.