An elegant 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.
Awful incidents took place at the Opéra Garnier, like the fall of the big lustre on May 20th 1896, which killed a woman during the performance of the Faust of Goethe. Some people say that she occupied the number 13 seat... A pupil of the Opéra Garnier ballet class
fell on the thirteenth step of the great staircase. Furthermore, the Opera House’s underground was the scene of the most dreadful crimes during the Commune and people still think it is haunted because a skeleton was discovered there. The phantom of the Opera surely does not exist, but it is true that there is a lake under the edifice. Gaston Leroux was inspired by the strange facts that happened at the Opera during the second half of the nineteenth century to write his famous novel called Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. (By: Anne Rohan)