Any fan of The Phantom of the Opera knows about the infamous chandelier. If Phantom lore is to be believed, the Phantom caused the chandelier in the Palais Garnier to come crashing down in a fit of anger. In reality, the chandelier did fall to the ground on May 20, 1896. This tragic accident did cause the death of one member of the audience. It also inspired Gaston Leroux when writing The Phantom of the Opera to include the incident as part of the Phantom’s story. Beyond this accident, the chandelier was controversial for being in the opera house at all. Charles Garnier, the architect behind this magnificent building, designed it and was immediately criticized for putting a giant chandelier in the theater because it would block some views. He however countered this saying that such a magnificent space needed magnificent light. I was paraphrasing there. Anyway, I think it is an absolutely beautiful chandelier and I love the stories connected with it as well. Hope you enjoy the photo!
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