MADELEINE - Paris
Crossing the street and the Faubourg Saint-Honoré : the church of La Madeleine. Its buolding began in 1764 but was only achieved in 1845. The bas-reliefs on the bronze dorrs open on asomptuous inside room decorated with marble and gilt, with some fine sculpture. Started in 1764 during the reign of Louis XV, and designed by Constant d'Ivry using plans based on the St-Louis-des-Invalide Church, it was razed by a second architect to who favoured a design modeled after the Panthéon. However this second design was not well accepted either, and all work ceased between 1790 and 1806.
In 1814, Louis XVIII confirmed that the Madeleine should
be a church, and finally in 1842 it was consecrated as a church.
Still a site for societies wedding and funerals, a flower market that is held around the church from Tuesday to Fridays. Also, a luxurious Art Nouveau loo by the metro at the junction of place and boulevard de la Madeleine. But the greatest appeal of the Place de la Madeleine is the Fauchon delicatessen shop, in the northeast corner. Besides, down the west side for rich gourmets and window-gazers you'll find the smaller Hédiard's, as well as caviar, truffle and spirit specialists.
Place de la Madeleine Paris 8e
How to get there
Metro line 8 or 12 : Madeleine
Monday to Saturday : 7 am to 7 pm
Sunday : 8 am to 1.30 pm and 3.30 to 7pm
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