Silent Sunday

Ceiling Detail, Grand Foyer, Palais Garnier, Paris, France

Square Perspective #7


Salon of the Sun, Palais Garnier or Opéra Garnier, Paris, France

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Only one rule, the image must be square.

Time Squared: #13

Break Time: Intermission

Intermission, Palais Garnier. Paris Opera House, Paris, France

Join Becky’s 30 day December Square Challenge. It’s simple. Photos must be square and must be related to time, literally or figuratively. Day 13

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Protuberant Phalanges

Detail from bronze sculpture, Palais Garnier, Paris, France

Detail from a large bronze torchère at the foot of the grand staircase in the Palais Garnier Opera House. Two large female figures, resting on a raised pedestal, hold bouquets of lights aloft. The feet of the lower figure break out of the plain of the pedestal and protrude into space.

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Palais Garnier 

Built between 1862 and 1875, the Palais Garnier is considered one of the world’s most beautiful opera houses.  Designed by Charles Garnier for Napoleon III, it set the standard for other theaters. The auditorium was closed for rehearsal when we were there but the rest of the theater is well worth a visit.

The Grand Foyer with paintings showing the history of music.

The Moon Room with its infinity mirrors.

Looking up from the Grand Staircase.



Ceiling of Palais Garnier, ceiling mural by Marc Chagall, Paris, France

Ceiling of Palais Garnier, ceiling mural by Marc Chagall, Paris, France

Opened in 1875, the Palais Garnier is one of Paris’s most opulent opera houses.  The Opera, as the building is often called, was used as the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and subsequent film and musical adaptations. The famous falling chandelier in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is based on an actual event. On May  20, 1896, one of the chandelier’s counterweights burst through the ceiling into the auditorium, killing a member of the audience.  The 7-ton bronze and crystal chandelier was designed by the architect Charles Garnier. The movable Marc Chagall ceiling painting was installed in 1964.

WPC: Ambience

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