Palais Garnier // Paris

I love The Phantom of the Opera and when my friend, Cat, told me it was based on Palais Garnier in Paris, I knew I had to visit it! Honestly, the line between what is fact and what is fiction is a bit blurred. For the most part, the story of The Phantom of the Opera is fictional. However, the author of the book, Gaston Leroux, continued to claim on his deathbed that the Phantom did really exist.

They do know this much for sure. Like in the book, there is an lake underneath Palais Garnier. They didn’t realize until construction was underway that they were building on top of a swamp! They now funnel all the water into an lake underneath the opera house. Actually, the fire department of Paris uses it for training sessions! The grand chandelier that falls in the book and kills someone actually did happen in real life. Except it fell and killed a construction worker in real life.

Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerObviously the individuals running Palais Garnier deny the existence of a Phantom. But they do admit that when eery things happen in the theater, they blame it on the Phantom! Here’s an article if you’re interested in learning more about the Phantom and the true story.

Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerBesides the theater, there are a bunch of other rooms/ballrooms, grand hallways, etc in Palais Garnier. While it originally housed the Paris Opera, Palais Garnier is used today for stage productions and ballets! I would highly recommend visiting if you are ever in Paris!

Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner
Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerI think these pictures confirm that Maren is infinitely more coordinated than me! ;)

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Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With Wagner

Palais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerPalais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerPalais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerPalais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerPalais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerPalais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerPalais Garnier via Wayfaring With WagnerDon’t forget to go outside to the balcony of Palais Garnier! The views are absolutely stunning and it gives you a great opportunity to have a mini photo shoot ;)

* Sorry for the picture quality…the lighting was horrible!

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  • Oh amazing is that! Ouw! I had know idea the story had its part of truth. I always thought it was pure imagination! Really interesting! I feel like searching more into it now! I love the movie and I can’t wait to go watch the musical which I hope to do soon! Knowing all this know makes it even more interesting! And with lots of light or not from the pictures of the theatre it looks amazing and totally worth visiting! Thank you so much! Really interesting post!