1864: Construction of the Palais Garnier and Cannons

We have a good enough quality of an image (1864 allegedly) to allow for some scrutinizing. Below is the construction site of the future Palais Garnier. Make sure you checkout this beauty, especially inside. The photograph is taken in the direction of the north, towards the stage and the administrative buildings.

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Amazing things they could build with such scaffolding, and lifting equipment, right? By the way, there are a few guys here and there. Make sure you find them.

Cannons?
And down to my interest in this photograph. What do you think these cannon looking metal tubes were. Were those cannons, or could they be something different? What do you think they are doing in the middle of the Opera building being built?

Additionally, what do you think those (I don't know what to call them) squared things were? Notice the difference in the thickness of the cannon tube ends too.

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End-result
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