The 15 years that it took to build the world’s most famous opera house in Paris were well worth it. With a grand seating of 1,979 seats, Palais Garnier has a stage which can accommodate 450 artists at a time, making it Europe’s largest stage. Attending a show here is a must, not only for the breath-taking performances, but also for the intriguing masterpiece that adorns the ceiling of Palais Garnier. Surrounding a large, sparkling chandelier directly in the centre of the ceiling are foggy splashes of red, blue, green and yellow: a Modernist style painting by Marc Chagall which depicts stills from operas by 14 different composers, including Mozart, Wagner and Stravinsky.
Palais Garnier, 8 Rue Scribe, Paris, France, +33 1 71 25 24 23