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Eglise de la Madeleine

Metro : Madeleine

    A popular place for society weddings, the church of the Madeleine, southwest of the Opéra, is an obese structure on the classical temple model. It was originally intended to be yet another monument to the glory of Napoleon's army. With France's defeat in Russia, however, the construction of the Madeleine was interrupted, only to be taken up again by Louis XVIII, who retained the original design of the classical temple, but decided to convert it into a Catholic church. The single wide nave is decorated with Ionic columns and surmounted with three huge domes - the only source of natural light inside.
    On the east side of the church in Place de la Madeleine, a flower market sets up every day excepts Monday, and there's a luxurious Art-Nouveau loo by the métro at the junction of place and boulevard de la Madeleine. However, it is for rich gourmands that the place holds the most appeals. In the northeast corner, the upmarket delicatessen fauchon tempts you in with its display of wines, chocolates, marrons glaces and other luxurious foods. Down the west side, you'll find the smaller Hediard's, selling similar treats, as well as caviar, truffles and spirits.

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Père-Lachaise Cemetery
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