Charles Garnier was the' architect for an empire'. Completely unknown, he became the best-known artist in Europe in the 19th century. At just 35 years of age, he won the project to build a new opera house for Napoléon Bonaparte's nephew, who together with his wife Eugenia de Montijo, suffered an attack outside the old opera. This attack caused many deaths and injuries, resulting in the building of a new one in a more modern and safer neighborhood. After fourteen years of intense work, travelling all over France and Europe in search of inspiration, he finished it. Garnier improved his knowledge of ancient, classical and baroque architecture, achieving thus a completely eclectic work. To prevent potential fire, he introduced a metallic structure into floors, ceilings and walls. To break with the uniformity of Haussmanian buildings, he used different types of marble and mosaic to create an explosion of colors that transport us to antiquity and renaissance times. Inside you can admire the baroque scenery that will leave you breathless. Garnier made it from A to Z, from the smallest detail to the most spectacular one. Charles's opera conceals countless stories, events and anecdotes.