Unfortunately, when the Arc
de Triomphe was completed it meant that the focus and reason for the building was to
change yet again and it was in 1814 that King Louis XVIII decided that it should be a
place of worship.
However, in 1837 La Madeleine was nearly selected to be the first railway station in Paris, but eventually this building was consecrated as
a church and inaugurated in 1842.
La Madelaine has recently undergone some major restoration works and therefore it still
maintains the form of an ancient Greek temple that is surrounded by impressive Corinthian
columns which stand on approximately a four metre base.
There is a very impressive and magnificent Cavaille Col organ within the church and during
the year there are several concerts held here, which are normally of an evening.
Ever since its inauguration as a church La Madeleine has still remained a place of
worship, but there are also concerts held on a Sunday afternoon, that are free to attend.
This historical Paris monument is usually open from
7am through to 7pm but on a Sunday it does for two hours between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
On national holidays opening times may vary, so it would be best to check first.
Place de la Madeleine
14 Rue de Surene