1400AD-Present-Modern Era France Churches, Cathedrals, Basilicas, Monasteries

La Madeleine – a Greek temple in Paris?

La Madeleine, Paris
Corinthian columns of La Madeleine
La Madeleine Church is surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns and astounds visitors with its unusual architecture, in the form of a Greek temple.

Tourist Information

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: Always check the official site for further information before planning your visit.
Official Sitehttp://www.eglise-lamadeleine.com/
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 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 surprises 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 of 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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I am Catalina, and my passion for travel, mysteries, legends and archaeology drives me to explore the world and uncover its hidden wonders.