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L’église de la Madeleine

Have you ever been inside L’église de la Madeleine?  Until my last visit, neither had I.  Worth a visit!

This now Roman Catholic church in the 8th arrondissement was at one time constructed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon’s army.   Many false starts and two other churches were started on the site at various times in history, and a variety of uses for the building were discussed before La Madeleine was consecrated as a church in 1842.

Held here, the funeral of Chopin (who is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery) was delayed almost two weeks, until October 30, 1849. Chopin had requested that Mozart’s Requiem be sung. The Requiem had major parts for female voices, but the Church of the Madeleine had never permitted female singers in its choir. The Church finally relented, on condition that the female singers remain behind a black velvet curtain.

Read more of this impressive building’s fascinating history here.



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