HOTEL KORNER OPÉRA
154 Rue Montmartre 75002 Paris
Tél : +33 (0) 1 42 33 54 23
Fax : +33 (0) 1 45 08 43 47
Near the hotel
GARNIER OPERA HOUSE
The sumptuous façade of the Opera House stands just a short walk from the hotel. This masterpiece of 19th-century theatre architecture, built between 1861 and 1875 by Charles Garnier on orders from Napoleon III, has had the status of historical monument since 1923 – it is one of the most prestigious heritage sites in Paris. As the home of opera and dance, it has seen the passage of the world’s greatest artistes, including Maria Callas and Rudolf Nureyev.
It may be visited, which gives the public an opportunity to admire the exceptional Italian-style seating area in red and gold, with room for nearly 2000 people, and its ceiling painted by Marc Chagall, from which is suspended an immense chandelier in crystal and bronze weighing 8 tonnes!
A good ten minutes’ walk from the Hotel Korner Opéra, discover Les Halles, one of the liveliest districts of Paris, with its famous and gigantic ‘Le Forum’ shopping centre, and a 5 hectare garden.
Perfect not only for shopping, but also for strolling in the village-like ambiance of the Rue Montorgueuil; discover the Fountain of the Innocents, which has historical monument status, and the church of St Eustace, one of the most visited churches in Paris and widely held to be one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the city.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Hotel Korner Opéra, discover one of the world’s greatest museums, the Louvre, which spreads over 210 000 sq.m., including more than 60 000 sq.m. devoted to exhibitions.
The Louvre museum presents 35 000 works – paintings, sculptures, ceramics, archaeological finds, objets d’art, etc, some of which just have to be seen: the statue of Aphrodite (better known as the Venus de Milo), Théodore Géricault’s painting ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of the Mona Lisa (‘La Joconde’ in French).
Discovering Paris also means taking the time to stroll through its most famous districts. Quite close to the hotel, about 15 minutes’ walk away, lies the historic Marais district. It is one of the most picturesque areas in Paris, with its exceptional architectural heritage, its narrow, cobbled streets, its unexpected places, its old churches, and the famous Place des Vosges, which has the status of historical monument.
You will appreciate this fashionable district of Paris, with its multitude of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. The Marais district is also home to many art galleries, as well as the Carnavalet Museum (history of Paris), the Picasso Museum, the National Conservatoire of Arts & Crafts, and the orangery at the Hôtel Sully.
BASILICA OF NOTRE-DAME-DES-VICTOIRES
Just a few metres from the hotel, discover a little-known pilgrimage site that is an architectural heritage gem – the Basilica of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Located on the Place des Petits Pères, in the 2nd arrondissement, it is one of the seven minor basilicas in Paris, where prayers are offered up to the Virgin Mary. The decision for its construction was made by King Louis XIII in 1629 in response to a request from the Discalced Augustinians (referred to as “the little fathers” or “petits pères” in French), but on one condition – that the church should bear the name of “Our Lady of the Victories” to commemorate the victory of the king’s troops at La Rochelle. After a number of ups and downs, work was not finally completed until 1740.
You will be able to admire the Baroque style of the Basilica, the stained glass windows in the choir and transept, a series of monumental canvases by Carl Van Loo on the life of St Augustine and the siege of La Rochelle, and the fabulous 18th-century organ. In keeping with the church’s consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and its name of Our Lady of the Victories, its walls are covered with about 37 000 votive plaques and military trophies.
CATHEDRAL OF NOTRE-DAME-DE-PARIS
Just a quarter of an hour’s walk from the hotel, discover one of the wonders of Gothic architecture – the cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Paris, located in the historic centre of Paris. It is the most visited monument in France, attracting some 20 million pilgrims and visitors each year.
It was built over a number of decades, but 1163 is the date traditionally adopted for the laying of the first stone. The two rose windows, one on either side of the transept, are among the largest in Europe – they measure 13 metres in diameter. It is an interesting fact that distances in France are measured from a “kilometre 0” point on the square in front of the cathedral.
GREVIN WAXWORKS MUSEUM
This is a fun place to visit. Just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, the Grévin Museum displays waxwork models of 300 famous people and reconstitutions of a number of major historical scenes. Mozart, De Gaulle, Tony Parker, and even Titeuf and Scrat, the cult squirrel/rat in the Ice Age films
Nnearly everyone who has been famous at some time, both humans and cartoon heroes from France and elsewhere, has been on display at the museum. Since 1880, more than 2000 wax figures have been made and displayed here; new characters are introduced regularly. The museum is popular with children and adults alike.