Posted by: danielfee | April 3, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 04-03-2013

La Madeleine - Paris, France

La Madeleine – Paris, France

Corinthian Columns

Corinthian Columns

Three Domed Skylights

Three Domed Skylights

Statue of Mary

Statue of Mary

Alter

Semicircular Apse

L’église de la Madeleine, less formally known as La Madeleine, is a Roman Catholic Church and one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It occupies a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and is particularly interesting for its colossal exterior with 64-foot-high Corinthian columns. They are larger than any Corinthian columns found in either Greece or Rome. The Madeleine Church was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon’s army. The interior is dark with light coming through three domed skylights in the nave. The semicircular apse is impressive and the church is still used for memorial services, funerals and the most fashionable weddings in Paris.

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