The Palais Garnier is part of the great Parisian reconstruction of the Second French Empire, sponsored by Emperor Napoleon III, who chose Baron Haussmann to supervise the work. It is one of the largest and most representative buildings of its time, which has marked Paris very much, with its grandeur and wealth, becoming a symbol of the glamor of the city at that time. In 1858 the emperor authorized Haussmann to demolish the 12,000 square meters needed to build the opera. The project was awarded in 1861 to Charles Garnier (1825-1898). The first stone was built in 1861, followed by the beginning of the building in 1862. It is said that the Emperor's wife, Empress Eugenia, asked Garnier during the construction whether the building would have been in Greek or Roman style, As the architect replied, "It's Napoleon III style, Madame"; A very sought-after style in search of many details and bundles, which can be defined as eclectic. The Palais Garnier was formally inaugurated on January 15, 1875, in a sumptuous ceremony that included the representation of the third act of the La Juive, Halevy opera, and pieces taken by Les Huguenots of Meyerbeer. The dance body presented a show run by Luigi Merante's dance master made up of the famous scene by Giuseppe Mazilier, Le Jardin Animé, recreated by his Le Corsaire ballet in the presence of Mac Mahon's President, Alfonso XII of Spain, Isabella II Delibes. The Palais Garnier is an exceptional opulence building. The style is monumental and typically considered Second Empire, with the use of axial symmetry in the plane, its external decoration. Its audience sits under a central chandelier weighing more than six tons, and has a large stage with space for up to 450 artists. The surface of the ceiling, which surrounds the chandelier, has since 1964 painted a painting by Marc Chagall, which was installed on a removable frame on original scenes and shows works by 14 composers - Moussorgsky, Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Rameau, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Adam, Bizet, Verdi, Beethoven and Gluck. Though praised by some, others feel that Chagall creates "a notorious note in Garnier's work, carefully orchestrated in the interiors.