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The Palais Garnier, also known as the Op廨a de Paris or Op廨a Garnier, but more commonly as the Paris Op廨a, is a 2,200-seat opera house on the Place de l'Op廨a in Paris, France. A grand landmark designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.

The building is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris and is served by the metro station Op廨a and bus 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95.

Upon its inauguration in 1875, the opera house was officially named the Acad幦ie Nationale de Musique - Th殪tre de l'Op廨a. It retained this title until 1978 when it was re-named the Th殪tre National de l'Op廨a de Paris. After the opera company chose the Op廨a Bastille as their principal theatre upon its completion in 1989, the theatre was re-named as the Palais Garnier, though its more official name, the Acad幦ie Nationale de Musique, is still sprawled above the columns of its front fa蓷de. In spite of the change of names and the Opera company's relocation to the Op廨a Bastille, the Palais Garnier is still known by many people as the Paris Op廨a, as have all of the many theatres which have served as the principal venues of the Parisian Opera and Ballet since its founding.

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