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Church of St. Joan of Arc

Place du Vieux-Marche, Rouen, France
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Ranked #13 of 39 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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Uxbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This church has a very different style from other churches in the area. It is very Scandinavian. The church was built on a site near some ruins of a much older church. There is a garden near the church where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Beautiful site, but disappointing that the area would be built up with... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The interior is strikingly beautiful, but this building’s boldly modern design is jarringly out of place in this historic site. I guess it’s like the I. M. Pei-designed pyramid at the entrance of the Louvre in Paris; you either love it or you hate it. For the Church of St. Joan of Arc, put me down for a split decision... More

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Having a devotion to Saint Joan I finally made the pilgrimage to Rouen and the site of her martyrdom. The Church was spectacular and diverse; it was externally enormous with the outside having the appearance of armour which was very appropriate for Joan the warrior. Inside, the church was utterly beautiful, peaceful with stained glass and a modern statue of... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This 1979 geometrically inspired building incorporates 16th century, colourful stained glass panels removed for safekeeping from a previous church on the site - St Stephen's - prior to its destruction during World War 2. The glowing masterpieces can best be appreciated from inside. The tiny exterior garden bears an elegant cross in the form of Jeanne d' Arc's sword on... More

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Redmond, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Church of St. Joan of Arc was beautiful. It is a modern church as compared to the many cathedrals we visited but non the less beautiful. The courtyard and surrounding are beautiful as well. This was our favorite spot in Rouen.

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We went for a walk the night before setting out to this church and didn't realize what we were looking at! The one side of the church is very unassuming and doesn't look like a church, but a modern building. The inside is beautiful with lovely stained glass and an interesting iron, stone and candle sculpture of Joan of Arc.... More

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Mayfield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Having Sainted Joan (Jeanna) in the 1920's you would think they would make the area of remembrance really tranquil and special. First the area where the church is full of doggy druggie alcoholic type people, with vicious dogs who kept coming off their collars! Then the area is dominated by a church which is funky but dominates the whole area.... More

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Camberley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This elegantly designed modern church commemorates the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. It has beautiful stained glass windows all along one side which overlook the garden which now marks the site of her death. Worth the visit.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

While I appreciated the really unique design of this church, I did not like the exterior and thought it looked out of place in this quaint, old world town. I found myself distracted from its purpose, trying to figure out what its odd shape represented. The interior was a different story. It was beautifully done and the stained glass was... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 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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