La Madeleine
La Madeleine
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A beautiful church built by Napoleon in honor of his troops.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 8th Arr. - Élysée
How to get there
  • Madeleine • 2 min walk
  • Concorde • 5 min walk
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Lynne54
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
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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Wander & Wonder
Singapore, Singapore1,645 contributions
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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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
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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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,750 contributions
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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eatlocal1ofakind
Minneapolis, MN712 contributions
May 2022
This "neighborhood" church sits in the center of a busy part of Paris. Not far from the Place du Concord it has numerous sculptures and art works. The giant entry doors are reminiscent of the Baptistry doors in Florence. The organ here is Massive. I believe it is one of the largest in France. Material in the church indicates it is a popular concert venue.
Written May 22, 2022
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,382 contributions
Feb 2022
The Eglise de la Madeleine is situated near the Place de la Concorde.

This magnificent church hosts many classical music concerts and operas throughout the year.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t one available while we were visiting here.

But it is still worth a visit to see the grand architecture.
Written March 22, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,734 contributions
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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jesse.lodge
Charlotte, NC687 contributions
Jul 2022
My family and I visited this church while vacationing in Paris largely because my daughter shares the same name. When we showed up while the exterior needs an update/cleaning the inside was absolutely amazing. It is an extremely beautiful church that is definitely worth a trip to see. It's also less visited than other sites so you won't be overrun with other tourists.
Written September 4, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,734 contributions
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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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,734 contributions
Jun 2022
This parish church was built during the Napoleonic era to serve an upscale neighborhood. It is massive, like a Greek temple, dark and foreboding. Sits at a crossroads and several big boulevards are aimed at it.
Written June 11, 2022
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