Paris is known as the most romantic of cities, and surely the most unabashedly romantic building in the French city is the Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris. (Many readers will recognize it as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, and the subsequent movies and musical.) Built in 1861-1875, the building is a glorious example the excess of Paris in the Second Empire, and this short video clip beautifully captures that spirit. I especially love the glimpse of the red-lined private box - imagine the intrigues those walls have seen over the years!
The accompanying music is "Thais: Act II: Meditation" by Jules Massenet.
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