La Madeleine

Paris, France

Curiously resembling the Parthenon in Greece, the Eglise de la Madeleine (named after Mary Magdalene) was originally slated to be a government hall, a library, and a National Bank. It was originally built in the 18th century to the site of ancient Jewish synagogue. The Madeleine Church was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army in 1806.

The latter eventually got his way, and in 1842 the odd place of worship was consecrated. The facade comprises 52 Corinthian columns supported by a decorative fresco. Inside, a remarkable statue of Joan of Arc is one highlight, as are paintings depicting the marriage of the Virgin and the baptism of the Christ child.

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Founded: 18th century
Category: Religious sites in France

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Rachel Ngn (15 months ago)
I stopped by on the last day they displayed these glass drops. The church is beautiful but hard to find the entrance..
Ana Bertha Flores (16 months ago)
Beautiful Catholic church. I had the opportunity to listen to a live choir. I am so thankful for this experience
Jana Baričičová (16 months ago)
Decided to visit the church to see the installation realized by Benoît Dutour named Tears of Joy (or Larmes de joie). As far as I'm aware, February 20 was the last opportunity to see it but the church has definitely more to offer than that. The entrance is free and as a tourist, you can easily fit it into your schedule thanks to its location. And if you're lucky, you'll even hear the choir sing.
G (2 years ago)
Comparing to the hustle and bustle of Paris, love the tranquillity and peacefulness of this church.. Entrance is free so highly recommend as a stop by!
Julian Adhitia (2 years ago)
Beautiful Church…really really love the ceiling-paintings and the altar. The grand organ made by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll is something to appreciate too. We are lucky to have experienced the organ recital concert on Sunday afternoon. What a treat.
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