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Place de la Madeleine

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Address: Paris, France
Description: This plaza is known for its neo-classical temple, la Madeleine, and its...
This plaza is known for its neo-classical temple, la Madeleine, and its gourmet food shops.
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Elegant place

The Place de la Madeleine is small and crowded. Yet it might be the most elegant of the Parisian squares surpassed only by the one harboring the Arc de Triomphe and La Concorde... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Place de la Madeleine is small and crowded. Yet it might be the most elegant of the Parisian squares surpassed only by the one harboring the Arc de Triomphe and La Concorde. La Madeleine church is the most contributing to its elegance but also the rest of the buildings work hand in hand with it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This plaza is fairly busy and full of buildings on both side of the street. The Church of Mary Magdalene however dominates the street and serves as an interesting focal point for anyone visiting this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you are a foodie this is the quaint shopping area for you. Laudere for macaroons,a store full of mustard( maille) and a gourmet store just to name a few.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Let's face it. This page has been controversial from the get-go. Here's a church dedicated to the much maligned Mary Magdalene and it is awesome. While the congregation the church serves has dwindled, many visitors come to sightsee and sense what the church has to offer. If you can stop snapping photos long enough to sit quietly for a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We were walking around the streets of Paris with no certain destination, just taking in the sites. We stumbled upon this big old cathedral and became curious enough to venture in and we are so glad we did. We had never heard of it before but walking inside was absolutely delightful. If you are in the area you should really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The square is dominated by the church. There are many small restaurants and shops around it. Fauchon is the most visible one but there are small boutiques offering caviar, truffle, and other fine foods.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Happened to see if it was open (it was) and there was a choir singing, it was amazing. The acoustics were incredible and then I looked up at the ceiling and saw how magnificent and big the building was. Whether you're religious or not, anyone can appreciate this building's architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

After visiting many places in Paris we went to Place de la Madeleine for a string quartet concert. The outside of the building is spectacular, but is no comparison to the inside! The huge church has so much architecture and beauty! And the acustics were great for a concert. They hold many concerts (some free). I would highly recommend it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The place de la Madeleine itself is really nothing particulary special, but the enormous Greek-style construction, turned into a functioning church, is something else. I was unable to go inside the church when I visited due to it being too late in the day, but the outside was impressive enough.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The Church is very large and built with Hellenic columns. It has an impressive ceiling inside. The square itself is surrounded by very busy roads, borders by plenty of storers, including Fauchon. From the square, one can see the Place de la Concorde or the Opera square. It is not a very elegant place.

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Address: Paris, France
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Opera / Bourse

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The neighborhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades, and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here, modern day workers continue to take advantage of the legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theaters, and cinemas sit side by side with French bistros predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in another. The area is most famous for the Palais Garnier opera house and glamorous department stores.
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