Google Cultural Institute Highlights an Opulent Paris Opera House

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-04-25

Opera has a long and storied history in Europe, and one of the most beautiful, grand and opulent opera houses on the continent is the Palais Garnier in Paris, which has been hosting performances since it opened in 1875. To celebrate its history, the Google Cultural Institute is taking virtual visitors inside for online tours of its architecture and décor, thanks to images provided by Google Street View, according to a recent post by Sixtine Fabre, program manager of the Institute, on the Google Europe Blog. The images portray the exquisite details of the 11-story, 1,979-seat opera house, which is the setting of the classic story, The Phantom of the Opera. "You can now experience virtually what it's like to be on stage, backstage, in the rehearsal rooms, the costume room, a hidden lake or even on the roof of the Opéra building, overlooking Paris' skyline!" wrote Fabre. Also featured are images of Marc Chagall's masterpiece ceiling, built above the auditorium, and an exhibition, Le Chemin des Etoiles, featuring photos about more than 80 of the opera's star dancers over the last 74 years.


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