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Opera Garnier

Panorama of Paris with the Opera Garnier in the background

Recognised as one of the famous opera houses in the world, the Palais Garnier or Opera Garnier is a symbol of Paris along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. It's rise to fame was also partly attributed to its use as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera. Built from 1861 to 1875, the opera house was also the most expensive building constructed in Paris at the time, drawing both critical acclaim as a "masterpiece of the first rank" and criticism as "a lying art".

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