This is one of my favorite buildings in Paris, the opulent home to Opéra national de Paris. A renovation started in 2000 is nearly complete on this exquisite building which was a part of the great Parisian reconstruction overseen by Baron Haussmann between 1862 and 1873. The difficulties during construction with underground springs and lakes became part of the lore and basis for Phantom of the Opera. Certainly the life taken when the great chandelier fell from the ceiling of the theatre was part of that story as well.

I have many photos to show you in future posts.