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In the depths of the Palais Garnier

Emptying the cistern — By Anna Schauder and Elsa Vinet

Last June, an exceptional event took place, the cistern located under the Palais Garnier stage cage was emptied for cleaning. Octave was present for the occasion. Although Charles Garnier didn't originally plan to use a cistern, the architect took advantage of the presence of a water table to create it and thus consolidate the overall balance of the building above the stage. Enjoy a photographic visit through these fascinating and mysterious winding corridors.    

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