If you are the good fanatic of the super modern architecture, the Ronchamp is for you, because here, pretty far from big tourist routes, the great Le Corbusier created his masterpiece, the Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, a shrine for the Catholic Church. Ronchamp is a little village. If you reach its main square you will find the mini-buses which deliver tourists up the hill to the Church. "Here we will build a monument dedicated to nature and we will make it our lives' purpose", said Le Corbusier in 1953, and in two years his wonder of the modern religious architecture was born. "Chapel of our lady of the height" is a pilgrimage chapel, though on most days more frequented by architectural pilgrims than the intended variety. Again – the place is for modern admirers only. Once I read – “…if you marry the nature, the belief and the spirit you’ll get the shrine in Rochamp. That’s true, though we don’t know much about the reason why Maestro decided to build such a structure in a very remote place. Anyway, if some tourists collect images of very unusual churches, this place is very decent for any “collection”. Many people know the name Le Corbusier, but not many know that his real name was Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. He adopted his pseudonym in the 1920s, probably deriving it in part from the name of a distant ancestor, "Lecorbésier." The chapel is the latest of chapels at the site. The previous chapel was completely destroyed there during World War II. The previous building was a 4th century Christian chapel. But, at the time the new building was being constructed, Corbusier wasn’t exactly interested in his famous “Machine Age” architecture. He felt his style was more primitive and sculptural, so he decided to build something more unusual. And he did! See below my little photo gallery and decide if you want and need to go a long way to something unique, but nor for everyone.
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