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.


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

  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...

  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

  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.

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

  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.