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Grand Opera Staircase, Paris

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The opulent Grand Staircase is one of the most recognizable features of the Palais Garnier, the Parisian landmark that became the 13th theater to house the Opéra when it opened in 1875. At the foot of the double marble staircase stand two bronze female statues holding bouquets of light. New Yorkers: do these steps look familiar? Well, they should, because they were the model for the stairways at Grand Central Terminal that rise up from the Main Concourse.  —Briana Fasone

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Grand Opera Staircase, Paris

The opulent Grand Staircase is one of the most recognizable features of the Palais Garnier, the Parisian landmark that became the 13th theater to house the Opéra when it opened in 1875. At the foot of the double marble staircase stand two bronze female statues holding bouquets of light. New Yorkers: do these steps look familiar? Well, they should, because they were the model for the stairways at Grand Central Terminal that rise up from the Main Concourse.  —Briana Fasone

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