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Madeleine Church

Madeleine Church

Madeleine Church is a Roman Catholic church occupying a commanding position at the end of the Royale. Madeleine Square dates back to the XIXth century and owes its classical architecture and wide avenues to the genius of the Baron Haussmann.
Napoléon then decided that a Temple of Glory to his Grande Armée should be built, and Pierre-Alexandre Vignon was thus commissioned to draw up the plans. After razing the remaining efforts from 1790, building started on what was to be a Greek temple. In 1842 it was consecrated as a church.
The greatest appeal of the Place de la Madeleine is the famous "Fauchon"delicatessen shop, in the northeast corner. And not to forget the Pinacotheque and its art exhibitions.