THE MADELEINE CHURCH - Paris
At the end of the Rue Royale,
you can find the Place de la Madeleine with its unmistakable Greek
temple form. The area dates back to the 19th century and owes its
classical architecture and wide avenues to the genius of the Baron
Haussmann. The Madeleine is still a site for societies weddings
and funerals, a flower market is held around the church from Tuesday
Begun in 1764, during the reign of Louis XV and designed by Constant
d'Ivry using plans based on the St-Louis-des-Invalides Church, it
was razed by a second architect who favoured a design modeled after
the Panthéon. However, this second design was not well accepted
either, and all work ceased between 1790 and 1806.
Napoléon then decided that a Temple of Glory to his Grande
Armée should be built, and Pierre-Alexandre Vignon was thus
commissioned to draw up the plans. After razing the remaining efforts
from 1790, building started on what was to be a Greek temple. The
commemorative role of the edifice was lost when the Arc de Triomphe
was completed in 1808, and again the focus of the structure became
In 1814, Louis XVIII confirmed that the Madeleine should be a church,
but in 1837 it was nearly selected to be the first railway station
of Paris. Finally in 1842 it was consecrated as a church.
Just outside the Madeleine, along the east side , you can find every
day, except on Monday, a beautiful flower market. Also, a luxurious
Art Nouveau loo by the metro at the junction of place and boulevard
de la Madeleine. But the greatest appeal of the Place de la Madeleine
is the famous "Fauchon"delicatessen shop, in the northeast
corner. Besides, down the west side for rich gourmets and window-gazers
you'll find the smaller Hédiard's, as well as caviar, truffle
and spirit specialists.
Place de la Madeleine Paris 8e
How to get there
Metro line 8 or 12 : Madeleine
Monday to Saturday : 7 am to 7 pm
Sunday : 8 am to 1.30 pm and 3.30 to 7pm
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