5/3/10

Church of St. Joan of Arc, Rouen France


Louis Arretche designed the Eglise Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Vieux Marche in Rouen, France, completed in 1979. The church replaces the Vieux-Marché market were executions and public humiliations took place. It retains the original stained glass window from the original Renaissance-era Saint-Sauveur church which was ruined in World War 2.

The curved wood structure and open window facades recalls a covered market place. The upturned boat figure recalls Corbusier's Ronchamp cathedral. It's a dark and slender tribute to one of France's most mysterious heroes.

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4 comments:

Art Rock said...

This is a very impressive church to visit on the inside (the outside is less spectacular).

El said...

Beautiful imagery! The inside looks like the outside of a ship. From certain angles the wood also looks like wine barrels.
Very spiritual imagery... will definitely visit when in the area.

Aida Juanita Gonzalez said...

Reminds me of the bascillia of Our Lady of Guadalupe but much smaller in size. but very at the reuse and impressed by the windows.

whitney said...

planning a trip and this is a must see for me as my father was in the navy and i was born in France and was baptised in this very church in 1966. it looks alot different than the pictures of the way it was before the renovation

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