La Madeleine

La Madeleine, Paris

La Madeleine
4.5
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A beautiful church built by Napoleon in honor of his troops.
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,150 contributions
Not My Favorite
Jul 2021
This church has always been very dark and gloomy on visits.. It looks like an ancient Greek temple or government building, very imposing. Set in a busy yet cold square with a lot of traffic. If they are open, the outdoor bathrooms are worth a visit for the interior design.
Written July 27, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,189 contributions
Part of UNESCO World Heritage site Banks of the Seine....
Oct 2019
The Church was considered the most prestigious wedding venue in Paris after Notre-Dame. So now it is probably number 1. Madeleine is an abbreviated Mary Magdalene, who, according to legend, ended her earthly life on the territory of France, as Dan Brown wrote so fascinatingly in his bestseller "The da Vinci Code". The Church is associated with the name of Napoleon, but it is fair to say that construction began in 1764 under Louis XV. It was suspended in 1790 due to the revolution. If the revolution did not need religion at all, then the military dictatorship of Napoleon did, but in a specific sense. The "little corporal", who by that time had become the Emperor, ordered to demolish everything that had been built before him and create a Church dedicated to the Grand army, taking as a model the ancient Square house in Nimes. The Madeleine was much larger than the Maison de Carre built in Nimes.Madeleine didn`t evoke associations with Maison de Carre, seen for 2 years before. Maybe because of the high pedestal of the latter. The Church was completed in 1842. The Church doesn`t cause awe. All very pompous. Perhaps Bonaparte's militaristic spirit has not evaporated....But
La Madeleine is a part of UNESCO World Heritage site Banks of the Seine....
Written September 20, 2020
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MixaylB
Hazmieh, Lebanon446 contributions
Hellenic style
Sep 2020 • Friends
The church gives a special vibe here. You can clearly witness the Greek style architecture from the outside. The church is beautiful and quite big!
Written September 20, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,189 contributions
Impressive building
Oct 2019
We walked past La Madeleine several times during our stay in Paris, as our hotel was near by. It is a classical building,with its distinctive Corinthian columns. The original aim was for this building to be a sort of triumphal reminder of Napoleon's army. It ended up being a church. And it is a really magnificent building.
Written September 15, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,150 contributions
Historic Church
Nov 2019
A very historic church from the era of Napoleon. It is very grand and in the middle of one of the centers of town with traffic all around and a major intersection of Metro lines. Some classic food shops around. But inside is very dark and dreary, almost in need of a cleaning.
Written September 5, 2020
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia11,539 contributions
Completely OTT...I love it!
Jul 2020 • Couples
Visiting today, first time since May 2017 when I attended a concert here.
Lots of Covid-19 signs with every other seat blocked off.
The interior is without peer, Grand in every way.
The organist was practicing when we visited. - it was awesome.
Written July 20, 2020
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Lynne54
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Majestic with Powerful Acoustics
Nov 2019 • Solo
I have attended two Classictic concerts here in November 2017 and November 2019. The acoustics were very powerful. The Church looks like a Greek Temple on the outside. Inside is spacious. Despite its cavernous appearance, the statue of Mary at the altar is quite luminous and breathtaking. A tremendous amount of history lies within these walls. Well worth the visit.
Written April 18, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,057 contributions
Eglise de la Madeleine
Feb 2020 • Friends
In Greek architectural style we saw this church whilst on a hop on hop off bus, the rear is a bit plain but the front and sides has nice stone reliefs and statues.
Written March 21, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,150 contributions
Dark and Imposing
Oct 2019
This huge church from the Napoleon era is imposing as it takes up a big busy square. It is the parish church for a prosperous neighborhood. To me it's too dark and cold, not at all pretty. Always seems a big dirty. Some good shopping nearby.
Written February 26, 2020
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Wander & Wonder
Singapore, Singapore1,642 contributions
La Madeleine
Jan 2020
We went to visit the La Madeleine (or Madeleine Church) which is a Roman Catholic church. The main entrance faces the Place de la Concorde. Inside it is a very beautiful church with a statue of Madeleine at the altar. You can pick up a English self-guide and walk around the church in anti-clockwise direction to understand the statues around the church. Must visit and see.
Written February 16, 2020
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