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Monument : Madeleine Church

Madeleine Church

The Madeleine square with its Greek temple form can be found at the end of the rue Royale. The area dates back to the XIXth century and owes its classic architecture and wide avenues to the genius of Haussmann. Still a site for societies wedding and funerals, a flower market that is held around the church.

Started in the XVIIIth century during the reign of Louis XV, and designed by Constant d'Ivry using plans based on the St-Louis-des-Invalide Church, it was razed by a second architect to who favored a design modeled after the Pantheon.

Napoléon decided that a Temple of Glory to his Grande Armée should be built, and Pierre Vignon was commissioned to draw up the plans. After razing the remaining efforts from 1790, building started on what was to be a Greek temple. The commemorative role of the edifice was lost when the Arc de Triomphe was completed.

And, just outside the Madeleine, along the east side, you can find a beautiful flower market. Also, a luxurious Art Nouveau loo by the metro at the junction of place and boulevard de la Madeleine. But the greatest appeal of place de la Madeleine is the famous "Fauchon" delicatessen shop, in the northeast corner. And, down the west side for rich gourmets and window-gazers you'll find the smaller Hédiard's, as well as caviar, truffle and spirit specialists.

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