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Church of St. Joan of Arc

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Address: Place du Vieux-Marche, Rouen, France
Description: A 1979 masterpiece of modern minimalist architecture, this dramatic church...
A 1979 masterpiece of modern minimalist architecture, this dramatic church is meant to symbolize the search for 'absolute geometrical purity.'
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It's a matter of taste, but worth a look. Inside window is impressive

The outside of this modern church looks like a witches hat, which given that poor old Joan was burnt as a witch is an interesting choice. I don't love it but I don't think that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The outside of this modern church looks like a witches hat, which given that poor old Joan was burnt as a witch is an interesting choice. I don't love it but I don't think that this is relevant. It's a powerful piece. The window inside is spectacular, just huge and very beautiful indeed, juxta posed with sculptural wooden roof work,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A well educated French person told me, "Most French people don't believe in Jeanne d'Duc; if she did exist, 'she' must have been a man." This really got me reading! Joan was born 3 years before the victorious war of Henry the 5th Battle of Agincourt. France was in a mess, French nobles were killing each other and England combined... More 

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Montara, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It is a relatively new building, bowl shaped, with lots of wood. It appeared warm and friendly and had fine liturgical space. I was a bit put off by a cordoned off area for something I did not understand. Some of the stained glass windows have been repurposed from a destroyed church, but some are new and fairly banal. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Lovely building right in the centre of the square, beautiful stained glass windows and very modern architecture. Such a fitting tribute to Joan of arc.

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Florence, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The church has the stained glass windows of St. Vincent, is located on the site where St. Joan was burned alive, but has a very modern feel. Whether the roof is an hommage to a viking ship, a warrior's helmet, or something else, it is well worth your time to visit, and reflect.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

At first the church looked out of place and then fitted so well. As we entered we admired the Renaissance era stained glass window that was rescued from the ruins the Church dedicated to Saint Vincent , which was destroyed during World War II. It was in the ancient town square where Joan of Arc was burnt to death and... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A friendly and welcoming church in the heart of the old market. Beautiful stained glass windows and a peaceful atmosphere.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The architecture of this church does not fit with the style of the city. From the inside, the church was okay, but, when the life of Joan of Arc is known, it is expected to have something more that is not too modern that turns it almost unnatural to the area. Its surrounding had a ferris wheel and some other... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

I am not a big fan of mixing different styles, old and new; so for me this contemporary church looks out of place in the center of the charming old plaza surrounded by typical Rouen old timber houses. The church interior is quite all right for a contemporary church. I liked the bright stained glass windows, but nothing else. This... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Interesting church in the area where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Couldn't see much of the church since there was a funeral at the time we visited.

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