|Architect||Pierre-Alexandre Vignon, Pierre Contant d’Ivry, Jacques-Marie Huvé, Guillaume-Martin Couture|
|Visiting hours |
/ Ticket Prices
|Open every day from 9.30 am to 7 pm.|
Exceptional opening: 1 January, Easter, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, 1 May, 8 May, Whitsuntide, Whit Monday, 14 July, 15 August, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December
Important: Due to the Covid-19 situation, the La Madeleine might be closed. Check the official site for further information before planning your visit.
|Getting there||Metro Station: Madeleine|
RER Station: Auber
Bus: lines 42, 43, 52, 84, 94
|Location||Place de la Madeleine, 75008, Paris, France, Europe|
La Madeleine Church
La Madeleine Church or The Eglise de la Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church. The Eglise de la Madeleine is situated between Place de la Concorde and the Palais Garnier opera house, in Haussmannian Paris.
La Madeleine as a Greek Temple
La Madeleine Church is surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns and surprise visitors with its unusual architecture, in the form of a Greek temple. Napoleon wanted it to be a pantheon in honor of his armies.
The pediment is decorated with a sculptured relief of the Last Judgment by Lemaire.
The church is a neoclassical monument dedicated to the biblical character Mary Magdalena.
Under the pediment is the inscription: D.O.M.SVB.INVOC.S.M.MAGDALENAE (Deo Optimo Maximo sub invocatione Sanctae Mariae Magdalenae).
The Bronze Gate
The bronze gate at the entrance to the church is decorated with several bas-reliefs, representing some of the Ten Commandments (Decalogue).
“The History of Christianity” fresco
Painted by Jules-Claude Ziegler, it gathers around Christ, Mary Magdalene, and the apostles the great people who have shaped Christianity: Constantine, Clovis, Godfrey of Bouillon, Frederick Barbarossa, Joan of Arc, Dante, Raphael, Pius VII, and Emperor Napoleon in his coronation robes.