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Church of St. Joan of Arc

Address: Place du Vieux-Marche, Rouen, France
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Ranked #15 of 39 Attractions in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A 1979 masterpiece of modern minimalist architecture, this dramatic church is meant to symbolize...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Hamilton
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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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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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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

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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Dallas, Texas
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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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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Not what you would expect. but worth walking in and looking around. Very modern and "upbeat" for a church.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were on a cruise with the Queen Mary 2 and had a day in Rouen and went to St. Joan of Arc church. We had an amazing guide who explained about the design of the church being that of an upturned dragon boat. We thought it also looked like the kind of armoured helmet Joan might have worn. It... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Our tour guide told us that many of the Rouen locals don't like this church because of its modern geometric look but many of them have been won over by the windows. During the war, because of the bombs, many churches had their windows taken down and sites in safe places but after the war many of the churches didn't... More 

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