The Madeleine, above left ,
though comparitively young, has had quite a history.
Building started in 1764,
when it was designed to be a church, but it wasn't completed by the time the
French Revolution began and all building work stopped. From then until 1806 it
Then Napoleon decided to turn it into a temple for his "Great
Army", but then he ran out of time and was sent packing to St. Helena. After
that it was decided to return to the original idea of a church, and the work was
finally completed in 1845.
There is a magnificent organ and Camille Saint-Saens was one of the organists.
The Grand Palais
The Grand Plalais, above right and right, was commissioned by the state at the
same time as the Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III, in fact both
were built for the 1900 World Exhibition.
It is a huge glasshouse, typical of
the belle epoque style. Currently it houses many of the major art exibitions
that visit Paris. And the western part of the Palais houses the Palais de la
Decouverte; inaugurated in 1937 with the aim of bringing science to the masses.
It is a great place for kids with many interactive exhibits. Unfortunatley,
however, the whole building was little more than a skeleton by the end of the
liberation of Paris in August 1944. Right is one of the
many elaborate statues on the Grand Palais