The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux) is one of the most famous Parisian stories ever; much of its fame due to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation. It’s creepy and dramatic and romantic, and all the things you would want from a tale set in this beast of an opera house:
To this day, it still runs a variety of shows, but you can also go for a guided tour. The auditorium is open to the public when it’s not in use, and guys – it’s absolutely stunning.
There’s even a chandelier! Given the history of this place, I’m not sure whether to be happy or concerned.
This building has played more than an aesthetic role in inspiring ‘The Phantom of the Opera’; in the 1890s, the chandelier actually fell and killed a member of the audience. There’s also a legend that a ballerina’s skeleton was found in the building.
The building is open for touring on Wednesdays and weekends, so next time I find myself in Paris, I’m definitely going to pop in and have a snoop around! (More information here)
If you’ve been here, I’d love to hear about your experience!
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!