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Opera
Opera is commonly used as the name of the quarter located around Opera Garnier building in the IXe (9th) arrondissement of Paris, and is the name of a major metro station where many lines cross. The main building is really magnificient.
The area is famous very its huge shopping centers : the Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette (called "grands magasins" in French). The area is quite luxurious : you can find many expensive restaurants and shops, and the tourist crowd is important.

Opera Garnier


Opera Garnier


Golden statue on the top of Opera Garnier building


Opera Garnier


Galeries Lafayette


Winter decorations

Galeries Lafayette


Winter decorations

More about Opera
The Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris as well as the Opéra Garnier, is a 2,200 seat opera house at the northern end of the Avenue de l'Opéra in the IXe arrondissement of Paris. A grand landmark designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. Upon its inauguration in 1875, the opera house was officially named the Académie Nationale de Musique - Théâtre de l'Opéra. It retained this title until 1978 when it was re-named the Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris. After the opera company chose the Opéra Bastille as their principal theatre upon its completion in 1989, the theatre was re-named as the Palais Garnier, though its more official name, the Académie Nationale de Musique, is still sprawled above the columns of its front façade. In spite of the change of names and the Opera company's relocation to the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier is still known by many people as the Paris Opéra, as have all of the many theatres which have served as the principal venues of the Parisian Opera and Ballet since its founding.

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