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Paris Opera Garnier
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Population of 2,000,000

This is the famous opera house in Paris, and a Landmark in the game.

Paris Opera full frontal architecture, May 2009

It is also an XL Culture building, so in addition to the Landmark effect it provides Culture Leisure satisfaction.

The opera only unlocks in very big cities.

The Palais Garnier, pronounced: [palɛ gaʁnje], is an elegant 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1860 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre was also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra. It was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when a new 2,700-seat house, the Opéra Bastille, with elaborate facilities for set and production changes, opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.

The Palais Garnier is "probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre, or the Sacré Coeur basilica. This is at least partly due to its use as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera and the novel's subsequent adaptations in films and Andrew Lloyd Weber's popular 1986 musical. Another contributing factor is the perception that among the buildings constructed in Paris during the Second Empire, it is the only one that is "unquestionably a masterpiece of the first rank."[1]

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