Hidden Gems

The 19th century covered passages

In the mid 18th hundreds, Paris was rebuilt. At this occasion, the construction of a new Opera House was planned. At the end of a great competition, Charles Garnier won ! He was picked as the architect to design the center for Lyric arts, musical compositions, ballets and dance.


Opera house and the 19th century covered passages:

In the center of Paris, a few minutes walk from the Louvre, you will visit one of Paris' emblems of the 19th century, which was built as a place to see and be seen. Here came some of the most important clients of the impressionists artists, some of the most prominent courtesans !

Walking through the ball room, visiting the carriage entrance, or hearing the story of the mysterious Phantom of the Opera… Many surprises await you during this visit, that will include the visit of the main opera room and the painted seedlings of Chagall.

After the visit, you will discover the 19th century covered passages. The covered passages are the ancestors of the department stores. Each one of them is very unique, and the ones that you can see today are the passages that survived the destruction/reconstruction of Paris and the heavy competition of the department stores.
For a customized private and behind the scenes tour, it is possible to add an extra visit. The tour can be followed by a unique exclusive tour in the backstage of the Printemps department stores !