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La Madeleine Church In Paris

La Madeleine was a building that was first started during the reign of King Louis XV in the 1760's and the original design by the architect Constant d'Ivry was based upon the St-Louis-des-Invalide Church.

However, the design was not well liked and a second set of plans was drawn up by another architect that were based on the Pantheon, but again, these were not well liked and yet again all work to the building ceased between 1790 and 1806.

Napoleon then decided that the building should become a Temple of Glory to his Grande Arm?e, so the architect Pierre-Alexandre Vignon was commissioned to draw up the plans for this new style building which was to be based upon a Greek temple.

Le Madeleine Church

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La Madeleine Church In Paris

Unfortunately, when the Arc de Triomphe was completed it meant that the focus and reason for the building was to change yet again and it was in 1814 that King Louis XVIII decided that it should be a place of worship.

However, in 1837 La Madeleine was nearly selected to be the first railway station in Paris, but eventually this building was consecrated as a church and inaugurated in 1842.

La Madelaine has recently undergone some major restoration works and therefore it still maintains the form of an ancient Greek temple that is surrounded by impressive Corinthian columns which stand on approximately a four metre base.

There is a very impressive and magnificent Cavaille Col organ within the church and during the year there are several concerts held here, which are normally of an evening.

Ever since its inauguration as a church La Madeleine has still remained a place of worship, but there are also concerts held on a Sunday afternoon, that are free to attend.

This historical Paris monument is usually open from 7am through to 7pm but on a Sunday it does for two hours between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  On national holidays opening times may vary, so it would be best to check first.

Address Details:

La Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
14 Rue de Surene

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