Palais Garnier
Paris Opera
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Location Place de l'Opéra, Paris, France
Position Theatre
Appearances Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

The Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra Garnier, is the largest theatre in Paris and the home of the Paris Opera and the Opera Ballet. It was designed by Charles Garnier under the direction of Emperor Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann as part of their grand reconstruction plans for the city, and opened in 1875.


In 1891 his investigations Professor James Moriarty and search for René Heron brought Sherlock Holmes to Paris.[1] After unsuccessfully interrogating Claude Ravache as to René's location, Holmes learned of another bombing that would be happening in the city shortly. Quickly deducing that the bombing would occur at the opera house during a performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Holmes, along with his companions Watson and Sim raced across the city to prevent it. However, after seeing Moriarty in the theatre audience, he saw that he had been mistaken, realised that the bomb was in fact intended for Alfred Meinhard, a German weapons manufacturer attending a business conference at the Hôtel du Triomphe across the square from the theatre. However, he this realization came to late, and the bomb exploded, killing most of the people at the conference.


  • The Palais Garnier is no longer used for opera due to its limited stage space, and is now mostly used for ballet performances.


  1. Downey, Susan, Lin, Dan, Silver, Joel, Wigram, Lionel. (Producers). Ritchie, Guy. (Director). (16 December, 2011 (US)). "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows". United States of America, Warner Bros. Studios.