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Church of St. Joan of Arc

Place du Vieux-Marche, Rouen, France
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Ranked #13 of 38 attractions in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Description: A 1979 masterpiece of modern minimalist architecture, this dramatic church is meant to symbolize the search for 'absolute geometrical purity.'
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Houston, Texas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Definitely loved getting to see this cathedral inside and out. On site of where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Amazing architecture. Lovely to sit at cafe on side with view of cross and take in the structure

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This church is so different in architecture and design that I am sure it would polarize people. My thoughts were that the very difference in the design, in this location is what makes it special. the architect could not compete with the Notre Dame so this is a good alternative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

While the church is very modern, the Stained glass is from the masters. It was so still, quiet, and beautiful when we visited that I would recommend it to anyone regardless of religious background for the simple beauty!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

In this modern ( 1970's) church are 13 re-sited stained glass windows dating between 1520 and 1550. These masterpieces of French Renaissance stained glass were removed from St Vincent's Church prior to the outbreak of WWII and placed into sheltered storage. (Fortunate as that church was destroyed by bombing). The detail, colours and realism of the various depictions are breathtaking... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

From the outside to the in - what a superb structure and monument to a famous female warrior and a functional building for today.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Outside the church is a large cross, placed exactly where Jeanne d'Arc was burned. Inside the Church itself is a very large stain glass window and a beautiful sculpture to Jeanne d'Arc. There are some great restaraunts surrounding this Church as well, so you can admire the architecture from outside. The roof depicts the flames rising up the stake. Worth... More

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The church is actually quite modern but it is a quite interesting design - mimicing the flames of St Joan's pyre. There is a place that marks the actual burning right outside the church. There is also a very lovely market around the church. Just a nice 5 min walk from the cathedral.

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Vancouver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

What does the exterior shape of this church represent, anyway? We wouldn't have known it was a church had our guide not informed us of that fact. We noticed the church's entrance when a man opened a narrow side door. We had to squeeze by him to enter. Inside, the church looks very modern. It's grey concrete walls contrast with... More

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bury st edmunds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Beautiful church designed by Louis Gerard Arretche - curves like a dragon with scales. The stained glass Windows are amazing and the leadwork of the stained glass windows reveals the outline of candles. Outside we can see a modest statue of Joan wearing the 'maid's cap' the flames are represented by flaming orange day lilies. You enter through a small... More

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South East England
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The architect of this church has go it just right. Combining the ancient stained glass with the modern building and blending the structure of the church with the market have been done very skilfully. You cannot escape the thoughts of what happened to Joan of Arc in 1431 but you are firmly in the present day. Tourists abound but not... More

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