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"Perhaps we can scare away the ghost of so many years ago with a little illumination, gentlemen?" .
Charles Garnier designed the chandelier for his opera house - a seven-ton bronze and crystal treasure. In 1896, a counter weight for the chandelier burst through the ceiling, free-falling into the auditorium, killing one audience member below. This scene is thought to have inspired the chandelier sequence in Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera, first published in 1910.
The original central mural in the auditorium was painted by Lenepveu. In 1964, a new mural was commissioned by Chagall, whose work is also featured in New York's Metropolitan Opera House. The new mural is on a removable frame over the original, and depicts scenes from famous operas.
Charles Garnier's Paris Opera House, or Palais Garnier, was constructed during the Second Empire under Napoleon III between 1861 and 1875. The beaux-arts building employed neo-baroque movements on the exterior, with 14 painters and mosaicists, and 73 sculptors contributing elements.
Here, Charles Gurney's gilt copper L'Harmonie, stands atop of the left avant-corps.
"While we wait
To see the day begin
Our time is wasting in the wind
Wondering why, it echoes
Through the lonely palace of Versailles"
Light shows and other illuminations on Tour Eiffel have been displayed since the 1,036-foot structure was opened in 1889. The current light show was debuted for the millennium, and features thousands of lights twinkling every hour for five minutes.
In a 1989 decision, a French court ruled that a light show displayed for the centenary celebration of the tower was subject to copyright law. The commonly-held belief that the tower itself has a copyright (and that non-authorized photos are verboten) is merely a misconception, though one rooted in a sliver of fact.
The chimeras of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. These grotesques are not to be confused with Notre-Dame's gargoyles, which are water spouts situated around the structure. The chimeras, which look out across Paris from about 150 feet, were added in the 1840s, though construction on the cathedral itself began in the 1100s.