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    Posted 6 years ago

    vetraio50
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    So what is a Greek temple doing in Paris? It's located just up the Rue Royale from the Place de la Concorde on the "Axe Historique". The area around it in the 8th arrondissement is very stylish with high end shops and boutiques like Baccarat, Hédiard, and Lalique.

    Several church buildings were started on this site at 14, rue de Surène, Paris. The first was in 1757 which was pulled down and a new church was begun based on a design of the Roman Pantheon. The Revolution intervened when only the foundations had been built. There was then great debate as to what function this building should serve in the new Revolutionary France: a library, a ballroom, a bank or perhaps even a market place were suggested.

    In 1806 Napoléon made his decision: it was to be a "Temple de la Gloire de la Grande Armée" (Temple to the Glory of the Great Army)!

    The architect was to be Pierre-Alexandre Barthélémy Vignon.

    Again the foundations were deconstructed and work began yet another time.

    After the completion of the Arc de Triomphe in 1808 enthusiasm for the project waned and after the fall of Napoleon, with the Catholic reaction during the Restoration, King Louis XVIII decided that the structure would be used as a church.

    Vignon died in 1828 before completing the project and was replaced by Jacques-Marie Huvé.

    In 1837 it was briefly suggested that the building might best be utilized as a train station, but the building was finally consecrated as a church in 1842.

    Its exterior is striking, with large Greek columns and a carved pediment depicting 'The Last Judgment'. Its bronze doors illustrate scenes from the Ten Commandments.

    Today, the Madeleine is affiliated with a Benedictine abbey. Daily masses and the most fashionable weddings in Paris are celebrated here. It is also known for frequent organ recitals and other musical programs. Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré were both organists here. Fauré's famous Requiem was composed for the Madeleine.

    This is a postcard published by N.D. Phot No. 19: Neurdein et Cie (1860’s-1919) Paris, France.

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      what a stunning building and history!! :)
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT, VIOLET ORANGE 'n SEAN too
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks RAGEGRUNDER, WALKSOFTLY & KAREN too!
    4. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      Great back story with this building! Thx V.
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks VINTAGEFRAN, MIKELV & PHIL too!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thank you Vetraio for This great page of history!
      I used to walk often in This area when living in Paris.
      Now, the front stairs are decorated with plenty of pots with flowering plants!
    7. toracat toracat, 6 years ago
      Beautiful! I visited Paris twice and did not see this fantastic Church! Louis XIV is a well flamboyant and unusual aristocrat, or I read a lot about him. When he undressed for bed, he had his subjects clap hands for each piece of clothing!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KYRATANGO & DON too!!!!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TREY!!!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TED STRAUB!!!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks POPS!!!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GEO 'n GARY!!!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TOM & PEASEJEAN!!!!!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GARGOYLECOLLECTOR !!!!!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    17. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
      I had never seen a photo of La Madeleine 'in the clear'. I have seen it only as it is today, surrounded by other buildings, and not far from 'trade'. Even more beautiful
      surrounded by trees and relatively uncrowded....Thank you for this wonderful series. I can seldom visit and comment, but I love to see what you've uncovered whenever I'm able to visit. Bravo!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MIKKO !!!!!!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks WINDWALKER !!! !!!! !!!

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