Paris has two opera houses: Palais Garnier and the Bastille. It is true, however, that the word "opera" in Paris evokes images of the former, older venue,but the reality is that the latter tends to offer a more opera performances.
I was excited to go see a performance at the Palais Garnier, so I bought tickets for the ballet "The Lady of the Camellias". If I remember correctly, third-row seats were around 30 something euros (very cheap) and the view was excellent.
It was an amazing experience; not just the ballet itself, but exploring the buildings, stairs and salons during intermission....it left me speechless! Every corner has a secret to discover. It was a really great experience!
The Grand Palais is just off Pont Alexandre III and against the Petit Palais, the three monuments were built at the same time for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It is noted for its huge glass ceiling and I recommend visiting at night because the show is remarkable: a crystal palace and lights, it's a nice scene. The building is nouveau mixed with classic art and is adorned with bronze statues of winged horses. Inside can only be seen after payment but you will, like me, I kept wanting.
This neoclassical building was designed by Louis Azéma-Auguste and Jacques Boiliau Carlin. It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1937 and replaced the Trocadero Palace which was built in 1878. The palace with its huge curved columns on both wings ending in a huge hall, was decorated with sculptures and carvings. On the wall of the pavilions are inscriptions in gold by the poet and essayist Paul Valery. The plaza between the two pavilions are filled with ponds and large bronze sculptures, making it a spectacular place. The huge water canyons pointing at the Eiffel Tower are illuminated at night. The building houses four museums, the Cinematheque and a theater. On the terrace facing the square there are two bronzes by Henri Bouchard and Hercules Pommier. From the square a staircase leads to the Chaillot National Theatre, which enjoyed great fame after World War II with its avant-garde productions. The palace is open from 9.45 am to 17.15 pm.
The Royal Palace (Palais Royal in French) is a palace with gardens located north of the Louvre Museum in Paris. Originally it was called Palais Cardinal was erected by order of Cardinal Richelieu. Despite its name, kings never resided here. Its construction was commissioned by Cardinal Richelieu to the architect Jacques Lemercier. Construction work began in 1624 on the Hôtel de Rambouillet. The building was then known as Palais Cardinal (the palace of Cardinal). Richelieu had the painter Philippe de Champaigne come to decorate, and ended up bequeathing the palace to the French crown. After the death of Louis XIII, it became the home of the Queen Mother, Anne of Austria, Cardinal Mazarin and the young Louis XIV. At this time the building was named the "Royal Palace". Later, the Palais Royal became the Paris residence of the Dukes of Orleans.
The Luxemburg PALACE is a BAROQUE STYLE building, built in the seventeenth century. Commissioned in 1615 by Marie de Medici the architect Salomon de Brosse, because he was "tired" of palaces built at Kings franceces like and wanted a palace more like the ITALIAN STYLE. He missed his palaces in TUSCANY REGION, home and was tired of the intrigues of the LOUVRE. He purchased these lands, then outside the urban area of Paris, where he built "his palace in the Italian style" .... It is now the seat of FRENCH SENATE.
Originally a hotel built in 1624 by Mesme Gallet, this property passed through the hands of several owners and underwent reconstructions in 2000 and became the Centre des monuments nationaux, which manages 100 national monuments. It comprises: an information center, library, garden and greenhouse, beautiful!