Address Palais Garnier Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France

The construction of the Palais Garnier was decided in 1858, in the aftermath of an attack from which Napoleon III miraculously escaped on his way to the opera house in rue Le Peletier.

To prevent such a misadventure from happening again, the emperor launched the project of a new theater in a safer place and in December 1860, the young architect Charles Garnier won the competition in which 172 projects were in competition.

The building site was colossal and the inauguration of this 19,000-seat opera house did not take place until 1875.

In the meantime, the war of 1870 stopped the work and it was also necessary to solve technical constraints, imposed by the town planner and prefect Georges Eugène Haussmann with a trapezoid shape on the ground, or by the topography of the place since a water table was discovered nearby during the excavation work.

So that the water would not weaken the monument, it was decided to build a huge reservoir to withstand the pressure and better support the weight of the building.

This later gave rise to the urban legend of an underground lake under the Palais Garnier, fed by the Grange-Batelière, although this buried river is further away.

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The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

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