Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Église de la Madeleine


This is a famous neo classical style Roman Catholic church in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. La Madeleine was commissioned in 1757 but wasn't consecrated until 1842. Here is a picture of the front of the church, the altar with a statue of Mary Magdalene being carried up to heaven by two angels. Also the view from the entrance looking down rue royal toward Place de la Concorde.

6 comments:

  1. The view from the entrance is beautiful! Intersting blog you have here:)

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  2. It may be interesting to know that it took decades before the church took its present form and that it has not always been thought to be a church. Napoleon wanted to make it to a symbol for the war victories, at a certain moment it was planned to become a railway station...

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  3. Bonjour James!
    All pictures are so magnificent! You have "perfect"eyes to capture beauty and good moments!A photographer soul!
    I can't wait to see more of your "portfolio"!
    Wonderful pictures indeed!
    God bless you
    Léia

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  4. Hello Joo, welcome to Something Sighted and thanks for the comment.

    Peter that is very interesting, Infact I just learned it. I enjoy learning about Paris from your blog. I hope your mother is doing well.

    Bonjour Léia, Thank you very much! You have just made my day. The truth is I just discovered photography and I love it.

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  5. That is again a fine series. The exterior look like Greco-Roman-style?

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  6. Lovely pictures capturing one of my favorite French churches. It's hard to believe it wasn't always meant to be a church (see Peter's comment above). I remember reading that at some point previously, but I try to forget that it was once meant to be a shrine to Napoleon and his armies.

    I love the altar as well as the carvings on the outside above door. Thanks for capturing both so I can relive being there.

    Toria

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