And have I already mentioned the word “opulent” ? – probably the only word – other than extravagant - to describe this building. It is decorated with very elaborate multi coloured marble friezes, columns, and lavish statuary, many of which portray deities of Greek mythology. And outside, gilded bronze busts of many of the great composers are located between the columns of the theatre's front façade.
The interior consists of interweaving corridors, stairwells, alcoves and landings allowing the movement of those 2000 people and space for socializing during intermission. Rich with velvet, gold leaf, and cherubim and nymphs, the interior is real Baroque sumptuousness and certainly has the WOW factor.
The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliotheque-Musee de l'Opera de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum) - a vast collection of opera, ballet and music scores.