- Started by architect Pierre Constant d'Ivry in 1764, this building was completed by one of his colleagues - Couture - who turned it into a something of a pantheon. It was looted during the French Revolution and later Napoleon I decided to transform it into a temple to the memory of his glorious army. Eventually, this "church-cum-temple" did not, in fact, become a monument to Bonaparte's soldiers (see the Invalides), but was instead dedicated to Saint Marie Madeleine. One of Paris' most famous churches, its impressive façade is made up of 52, 20-metre high Corinthian columns, whilst inside its nave is magnificently crowned by three cupolas. Sculptor Charles Marochetti's marble statue the Ravissement de Sainte-Madeleine overlooks the high altar, giving it its own unique splendour. Concerts are organized here on a regular basis.
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