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“A really moving experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Church of St. Joan of Arc

Church of St. Joan of Arc
Place du Vieux-Marche, Rouen, France
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Ranked #13 of 38 Attractions in Rouen
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: A 1979 masterpiece of modern minimalist architecture, this dramatic church is meant to symbolize the search for 'absolute geometrical purity.'
Hereford, United Kingdom
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“A really moving experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I am sometimes not too much of a lover of modern buildings, but this is beautiful. Situated in the old market square, it pleases the eye both inside and out. The stain glass windows are particularly lovely. A must-see!

Visited December 2012
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“Modern”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Good modern architecture mixed with the old fashioned in this church that looks austere from the outside but is peaceful and tasteful in.

Visited November 2012
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“Interesting if you're fond of architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

I remember being in Rouen 25 years ago when the rebuilding of the Old Market Place was underway. Now there is this new build church, very reminiscent of Coventry Cathedral in its approach to a new church. Strange building from the outside but lovely windows inside. Not exactly spiritually uplifting because of the number of transient tourists 'doing' the church in 5 minutes. DO NOT pay the guy on the door. He may look like someone attached to the church in his black suit and tie but he's a beggar.

Visited September 2012
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“Different - and how.... Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Last time I was in Rouen this area was a fairly quiet place, with the statue of St. Joan. I did not recognize it this time (there were after all, more than 35 years in between) However, seeing the new structure was a shock, until I started looking at it a bit longer. It has become a gathering place, with lots of restaurants around it, some of the oldest buildings in France, and somehow the church reminds me of an old covered market place and seems to fit. Once inside all you can say is "Wow". The space is enormous, the wood ceiling soaring and spectacular, the windows an inspired mix of old and new, color and grey. I am thrilled to have seen it.

Visited September 2012
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“Very modern”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I was surprised to find this church to be so modern. Even the sculpture of St. Joan inside has small red candles beside her statue strategically placed so they are reminiscent of flames. The stained glass is lovely and there are "waves" that may also signify flames on the walls of the church. I must admit the tall steel cross was not what I expected to find at this location.

Visited September 2012
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