The Madeleine is a Napoleonic structure on the classical temple model
which was built for the emperor as yet another monument to the victory of his army. The
building is a windowless Church with a Greek temple facade of Corinthian columns 20 metres
high. Work on the church was begun in I764. At the east end of the interior a series of
frescoes celebrates heroes of Christianity in a span which includes, surprisingly,
On the east side the Madeleine there is a flower market every day except Monday.