La Madeleine, Paris
1400AD-Present-Modern Era France

La Madeleine – a Greek temple in Paris?

February 12, 2021

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TypeChurch, Religious
Construction year1842
Ordered byNapoleon
ArchitectPierre-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.
Free entry
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.
Official Site
Getting thereMetro Station: Madeleine
RER Station: Auber
Bus: lines 42, 43, 52, 84, 94
LocationPlace 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.

Last Judgment

The pediment is decorated with a sculptured relief of the Last Judgment by Lemaire.La Madeleine, Paris

Mary Magdalena

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.La Madeleine, Paris

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