Front façade, Église de St-Marie-Madeleine, Paris
The greek temple just north of the Place the Concorde is known as 'La Madeleine' or 'L'église de St-Marie-Madeleine'.
The large building is actually a church, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. In French, Magdalene is known as Madeleine, hence the name of the building.
When construction of the church started in 1764, the plans made by architect Pierre Constant d'Ivry called for a design similar to that of the Invalides church. When d'Ivry died in 1777 his designs, which can be seen in the Musée Carnavalet, were dismissed by his successor, Guillome-Martin Couture. He decided to raze the unfinished building and start with a new design, this time based on the Panthéon.
A Temple becomes a Church
Construction halted during the French Revolution until 1806 when Napoleon decided to build a temple in honor of his army. He appointed Pierre-Alexandre Vignon who razed the structure yet again and started with the construction of a temple based on the 'Maison Carrée', an ancient Roman temple in the French city of Nîmes.
With the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, which honored the French Army, the new temple was looking for a new function. Some of the suggestions included using the temple as a parliament, a bank or even a train station. Finally in 1842 the building was consecrated as a church, a function it still holds today.
No less than 52 Corinthian columns surround the temple, each of them twenty meter high (66 ft). At the front, the columns are topped with a sculpted frieze. The bas reliefs on the bronze doors are by Henri de Triqueti and represent the Ten Commandments.
The temple's facade acts as a great architectural counterbalance to the colonnaded facade of the Palais Bourbon across the river.
Inside, behind the altar is a large statue depicting the ascension of Mary Magdalene. It was built in 1837 by Charles Marochetti. The church also boasts a pipe organ, built by Cavaillé-Coll in 1846. The organ is still used for concerts nowadays.
The Madeleine Church is located at the Place de la Madeleine, close to the Palais Garnier and the Place de la Concorde.(Source: aviewoncities)
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TopGeo (38216) 2012-07-29 2:28
Hello George! Excellent architecture shot! Very nice your picture has many elements that I like!
Royaldevon (43865) 2012-07-29 4:15
A fine, sharp presentation of the church. You show scale and natural colour as well as good details.
Have a lovely Sunday,
jhm (160851) 2012-07-29 4:38
You was on one of the most pleasant places in Paris.
Nice panorama view about these area.
Fantastic perspective and depth image.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Sergiom (89205) 2012-07-29 5:21
On dirait beaucoup plus un palais de justice qu'une église. Pas beaucoup de croix au sommet, mais superbe cadrage et très belle luminosité.
snunney (107401) 2012-07-29 5:47
A very good capture of this iconic Parisian landmark, the last time I saw it it was being restored behind a mock-up façade. The light is perfect for bringing out the detail and the clarity is excellent. You have timed the shot well during a lull in the traffic.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-07-29 6:59
Beautiful presentation. As usual, nicely frame and great sharpness. Great job.
npecanhuk (78901) 2012-07-29 7:57
Very beautiful façade... a different type of church!
Very attractive architecture & urban photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-07-29 13:45
Thanks for this beautiful presentation of the Madeleine with the great architecture. You note information is really good. Congratulations!
All the best,
dkmurphys (65112) 2012-07-29 23:49
Very fine capture of the impressive building. I like the classical architecture and the atmosphere around it. Well taken.
emka (107671) 2012-07-29 23:52
Classic postcard from Paris. Excellent composition, fine colours, everything just perfect. I like the flowers on the stairs.
Kellemes hetet kívánok!
amaryllis (37039) 2012-07-30 1:16
une superbe lumiere et netteté sur ce monument qu'est La Madeleine à Paris et sans trop de voitures (tu as choisi le moment d'un feu rouge?....° ET LES PARTERRES colorés renforcent cette jolie façade
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-29 1:37