Photographer's Note

L'église de la Madeleine, or L'église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (or simply "La Madeleine"), is a church in a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, in its present form designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army.

The Madeleine is built in the Neo-Classical style and as inspired by the Maison Carrée at Nîmes, the best-preserved of all Roman temples. Its fifty-two Corinthian columns, each 20 metres high, are carried around the entire building. The pediment sculpture of the Last Judgement is by Lemaire, and the church's bronze doors bear reliefs representing the Ten Commandments.

Inside, the church has a single nave with three domes over wide arched bays, lavishly gilded in a decor inspired as much by Roman baths as by Renaissance
artists. At the rear of the church, above the high altar, stands a statue by Charles Marochetti depicting St Mary Magdalene being carried up to heaven by two angels. The half-dome above the altar is frescoed by Jules-Claude Ziegler, entitled The History of Christianity, showing the key figures in the Christian religion with — a sign of its Second Empire date — Napoleon occupying centre stage.

For other pictures of my trip to France, click here.

6/6/2007 12:51:13
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/125
Av (Aperture Value): 10.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: 10.0 - 20.0 mm
Focal Length: 10.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: One-Shot AF
Noise Reduction:Off
Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

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