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Église de la Madeleine

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Église de la Madeleine
Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine


Structure in General

existing [completed]


church (roman catholic)


  • La Madeleine closes the perspective of from .
  • The church was inaugurated on July 24, 1842, the day of Ste Mary-Magdalene, but was officially dedicated on October 9, 1845 by His Lordship Affre, Archbishop of Paris.
  • In 1777, while foundations were already done, Contant d'Ivry died and was replaced by his pupil Guillaume-Martin Couture, who changed the design to a Greek cross-shaped church with a widened dome and a portico decorated with Corinthian order.
  • Design is similar to the one of the Palais Brongniart, house of Paris stock exchange.
  • First project designed by Pierre Contant d'Ivry planned a Latin cross-shaped church topped with a small dome.
  • In 1816, after the fall of Napoléon, King Louis XVIII decided that the building would be used as a church dedicated to Mary Magdalene (Marie-Madeleine in French). While construction was underway, Vignon died and was replaced by Jean-Jacques-Marie Huvé, who achieved the project in 1842.
  • Main entrance facing Rue Royale features two giant bronze doors installed in 1841, even larger than St. Peter's Basilica's ones.
  • La Madeleine's outside features 25 Corinthian columns, each 20 metres high, carrying around the entire building.
  • In 1791, after the French Revolution, works were stopped until 1807. Only the giant columns had been built.
  • In 1806, Napoléon decided to erect a temple to the glory of the French Army, and selected Pierre-Alexandre Vignon's project. Existing foundations were demolished but the Corinthian columns were preserved and integrated into the new antic temple-like structure.

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Place de la Madeleine
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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
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