Located between the prestigious Place de la Concorde and the sumptuous Garnier Opera House, in Paris' 8th arrondissement, the Madeleine Church is surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns and astounds visitors with its unusual architecture as well as its imposing presence. Built between 1764 and 1842 at the request of Napoleon Bonaparte, who wanted to create a pantheon to the glory of his armies, it takes the form of a Greek temple with no crucifix or bell tower.
Its neoclassical main façade, whose majestic portico dominates Rue Royale, has a monumental entrance with impressive bronze doors and an elegant sculpted pediment. There's no shortage of splendour inside either, and its beautiful décor is particularly appreciated, with its paintings and sculptures, a fresco by Ziegler, a mosaic by Lameire, its high altar with a group of sculptures, and its great organ by Cavaillé-Coll.
Also boasting unique acoustics, the Madeleine Church regularly hosts classical music concerts.
|Opening times||Monday: 09:30 – 19:00 • Tuesday: 09:30 – 19:00 • Wednesday: 09:30 – 19:00 • Thursday: 09:30 – 19:00 • Friday: 09:30 – 19:00 • Saturday: 09:30 – 19:00 • Sunday: 09:30 – 19:00|
|Address||Place de la Madeleine, Paris|
|Telephone||+33 1 44 51 69 00|