ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Visiting La Madeleine Church, Paris: Classical lines and a strong musical tradition

Updated on February 11, 2015
Flag of France
Flag of France | Source
Church of La Madeleine, Paris
Church of La Madeleine, Paris | Source
A grand wedding at La Madeleine, Paris. Illustrated 'Le Figaro', March 1900.
A grand wedding at La Madeleine, Paris. Illustrated 'Le Figaro', March 1900. | Source
Map location of Paris, France
Map location of Paris, France | Source

Splendour exhibited in a number of ways

A prominent example of church architecture in Paris, France is to be found at La Madeleine church (French: église de La Madeleine ), in rue Royale , close to the place de la Concorde , from which it is strikingly visible. The church is situated in the 8th arrondissement .

Some history

A Medieval synagoque stood on the current church site. While there were pre-Revolutionary plans for a church on this site, Napoleon I commissioned architect Pierre-Alexandre Vignon (1763-1828) to build a church based on a Roman temple in Nîmes. Completion of the church was delayed, and was finally inaugurated in 1842, the death of Vignon having caused his replacement by Jacques-Marie Huvé (1783-1852). The resulting Neoclassical building, with 52 imposing, Corinthian columns, became a major landmark in the city. It has large, bronze doors with relief references to the Ten Commandments.

La Madeleine church became established as a sought-after venue for society weddings.

Oddly, in the early 19th century there were proposals, which did not come to fruition, to create a railroad station out of the building. (In any case, it would doubtless have made a splendid terminus for trains.)

Musical associations

La Madeleine church has distinguished musical traditions and associations. Official organists at the church have included composers Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), who served in that capacity from 1858 to 1877, and Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), who was organist at the church from 1896 to 1905. Fauré's Requiem notably had its world première at La Madeleine in 1888. Mozart's Requiem was played at the funeral of Chopin at La Madeleine in 1849. Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968), who committed to memory the complete organ works of J S Bach, was organist at La Madeleine from 1962 to 1968.

It remains a distinguished venue for concerts.

Also worth seeing

The visitor attractions of Paris , France are so outstandingly numerous that they would be too difficult to summarize adequately here; but a few of these include: the Bourbon Palace, near the place de la Concorde; the Champs Elysées; the Arc de Triomphe; the Eiffel Tower; Notre Dame Cathedral; the Louvre; the Sacré-Cœur church at Montmartre.

Reims (distance: 144 kilometres) has a striking Cathedral associated with the Kings of France and a Gallo-Roman, triumphal arch.


How to get there: United Airlines flies from New York Newark to Paris (Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle ), from where car rental is available; but visitors to Paris may wish to use the city's excellent public transport system. The Métro (subway) stop for La Madeleine church is Madeleine . Please be advised that some facilities may be withdrawn without notice. For up to date information, please check with the airline or your travel agent.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

For your visit, these items may be of interest


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • MJFenn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Trish_M: Especially when viewed from Place de la Concorde, la Madeleine is hard to miss! Thank-you for your comment.

    • Trish_M profile image

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Very enlightening.

      I have been to La Madeleine, and have read quite a bit of French history, but this was new information to me.

      I found this a very enjoyable hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)