Neoclassical Architecture of Paris: Église de la Madeleine

St. Mary Magdalene Church

The Church of St. Mary Magdalene (French: Église de la Madeleine) is a Roman Catholic church situated between the Place de la Concorde and the Opéra Garnier, in Paris, France.


Five interesting facts about the church of St. Mary Magdalene:

  • It was built between 1764–1842.
  • It was commissioned by Napoleon I (1769–1821), Emperor of the French.
  • Its Neoclassical façade is similar to an ancient Greek temple without any crosses or bell-towers.
  • It has 52 Corinthian columns standing 20 m (65 ft) tall.
  • Its interior was modeled on the Roman baths.

▶ Gothic Architecture of Paris: Église Saint-Laurent
▶ Gothic Architecture of Paris: Église Saint-Séverin
▶ Neo-Gothic Architecture of Paris: Basilique Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours

La Madeleine
Bronze bas-relief "Nathan Confronts David" on the church door

Ten Commandments
Bronze bas-relief "The Ten Commandments" on the church door

Interior of the church of St. Mary Magdalene
Interior of the church of St. Mary Magdalene

La Madeleine
Chandelier

La Madeleine
Interior of the church of St. Mary Magdalene

Interior of the church of St. Mary Magdalene
Interior of the church of St. Mary Magdalene

Jeanne d'Arc
Joan of Arc Statue

La Madeleine
Interior of the church of St. Mary Magdalene

La Madeleine
The Altar with the statue of St. Mary Magdalene


Have you ever visited the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Paris? Feel free to post a comment below.

Location map: St. Mary Magdalene church
Official website: eglise-lamadeleine.com
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