The Garnier Opera house, or Palais Garnier, is a national theater with lyrical and choreographic vocation and is a major element of the heritage of the parisian
capital. Designed by the architect Charles Garnier selected during a competition, its construction was ordained by Napoleon III as part of the transformations of Paris led by Haussmann and interrupted by the war of 1870. It was resumed at the beginning of the Third Republic, after the Le Peletier Opera house was destroyed by fire in 1873. The building was inaugurated on January 5, 1875 by President Mac Mahon under the Third Republic.