The rostral columns of Palais Garnier


The entrance to Pavillon du Chef de l'Etat (House of the Head of State),
which was turned into the Musée de Opéra on the western facade
of Opéra National de Paris Garnier,
is framed by two granite columns by Henri Alfred Jacquemart,
adorned with lamps and the masts of ships. 
The bows of the four ships appear to have eyes.


Although other portions of this exquisite heritage site
have been restored since it was built in 1875,
the ceinture de lumière (belt of light) encircling the building has not. 
Earlier this year an appeal was made to the public
to adopt one of the 22 lampadaires, 2 candélabres, 22 cariatides, and 14 columns. 
The details of the rostral columns and the musical instrument-themed street lamps
on the opposite side of the opera house are stunning.


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Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009, Paris
 
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