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Quartier de l’Opéra and the Haussmannian boulevards are located in the 9th arrondissement, next to national opera and Pigalle music-hall. It is the main trade and financial center in Paris.
Quartier de l’Opéra presents the nicest urban heritage of the 2nd empire era. by strolling the streets, the visitors will admire the prestigious facades . They are still preserving their original architecture and invite the visitors for a journey to the 18th century.
The visit starts from the famous “Palais Garnier” which gave its name to the whole district. The combination of the neo-renaissance and baroque style has made the Opera of Paris an iconeof the city. The visitors are attracted to its statues, stairscases and golden ornament. Once settled, the travellers can resume their visit toward the Boulevard des Capucins which is characterized by the homogeneity of its buildings. In fact, an architectural charter has been imposed by the city of Paris at that time in order to keep the urban landscape aesthetically pleasing. “Olympia”, the mythical music hall of Paris is situated in the same boulevard
Quartier de l’Opéra is also known as Haussmannian boulevards. Throughout 2530 m, you can find the headquarters of the major banks as well as the “Printemps Haussmann” ,the first shopping mall in France. It was built in 1865 and was the pioneer of the Sales Season. This building is classified as a historical monument and is visited by tourists and fashion addicts.
Place de l’Opera is a well-known address in Paris. It is visited by the tourists who are discovering the city of lights. There are several monuments, museums and fine building worthy of discovering with easy access to public transportation.
The metro lines 3,7 & 8 run through to the Opera disctrict. The visitors can get off in "Opéra" , "Saint Lazare" and "Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette" stations. For those who are taking the line 2, they should get off in "Barbès" , "Rochechouart" , "Anvers" ,"Pigalle" and "Place de Clichy". For the lines 9,12,13 & 14, passengers can get off in the "Saint-Lazare" ,"Bonne-Nouvelle" , "Grands Boulevards" , "Trinité- d'Estienne d'Orves" and "Liège".
There are only 2 RER lines which reach the Place de l’Opera, A & E. The visitors should get off in the “Auber” or “Haussmann Saint Lazare” stations.
Nevertheless the best way to admire the historical buildings and icons of the district is to walk.
A short history
During the 2nd empire, Napoleon III decided to modernize the cityscape of Paris as it was too medieval for his luxurious taste. A large urban project started to satisfy the emperor’s desire. The narrow and dangerous alleys were not enough for the needs of the city so Barron Haussmann was asked to redesign the district from scratch. Stations, monuments, squares and crossroads… All the details were taken into consideration in order to have a modern city reflecting the greatness of the emperor.