church of the Madeleine, commonly called La
Madeleine, is a construction reminding
the Greek style: 54 columns in a Corinthian
style surround an enormous monument.
A lot of Parisians choose this famous church
for their religious events like baptisms and
In 1763, under the kingdom of Louis XV, a
first church was created with a baroque style
and a crosswise plan.
Louis XVI transformed the church in a neoclassical
building, following the style of the Pantheon:
he decided to enlarge and emphasize the dome.
During the French revolution the works for
the construction of the church were abandoned.
In 1806 Napoleon I decided to destroy the
monument to rebuild a temple on the model
of the Parthenon of Athens.
Before his abdication, Napoleon approved to
keep the function of church and only in 1842,
under the king Louis Philippe, the
monument was completed and consecrated to
Saint Marie Madeleine.
The frieze of the main pediment represents
the Final Judgment and the bronze main entrance
is decorated with fine bas-reliefs depicting
scenes of the Ten Commandments.
Inside the church, the aisle is ornamented
with statues of the twelve apostles and above
the altar there is an important painting representing
Constantine the Great, Federico Barbarossa,
Joan of Arc, the cardinal Richelieu, Napoleon
and other famous personages.
Place de la Madeleine
Everyday from 7 a.m. tp 7 p.m.