La Madeleine - La Madeleine information and pictures
is a temple dedicated to Mary Magdalene and was built by Napoleon to celebrate the military glory despite the proposals to convert the building into library or parliament. Napoleon wanted to create a mirror building of the Palais Bourbon
which is on the opposite side of the river Seine and both buildings have similar design.
La Madeleine was designed by Pierre Vignon in 1806 and was consecrated in 1845. The majestic building has 64 Corinthian columns and the bronze doors were created by Henri de Triqueti.
Inside, the church is decorated with marble and behind the altar is the beautiful sculpture by Charles Marochetti – Mary Magdalene Ascending to Heaven.
Place de la Madeleine (Magdalene Square) is the entrance to the church and is a food market with lots of shops and chocolateries, and a flower market.
Where is La Madeleine: Place de la Madeleine, Opera Quarter close to the Opéra Garnier
How to get to Madeleine: By Metro line 8,12,14 to Madeleine station.
Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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