The Palais Garnier is relatively new when compared to some other Paris landmarks.
It was originally built to house the Paris Opera. The Paris ballet still performs there today.
Designed by Charles Garnier a nearly unknown architect who was selected out of a field of over 170 contestants.
It was built between 1860 and 1875. The grand opening was January 15. 1875.
The Palais Garnier is a reflection of the extravagance that was popular during that period.
Jorge could not get enough of pictures of this building, so here is a picture of him taking a picture...
And he caught me taking his picture and took a picture of me taking his picture.
What could I do but take his picture again!
Yes, we are the silliest people in Paris.
The following pictures were taken by Jorge. He is quite a photographer, and we could not have asked for a more beautiful and clear day to take pictures of this beautiful building.
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