Notre Dame du Haut – unique Roman Catholic chapel in France

Updated: July 19, 2020 | By | More

Notre Dame du Haut is a unique Roman Catholic chapel of the French architect Le Corbusier. It is situated at Ronchamp in Haute-Saone department in the region of Franche-Comté in France. It was built between 1950-1955 and is one of the most daring solution of the church buildings in the history of architecture at all.

Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, 1887 – 1965) has been dominated in French architecture from the 1920. Notre Dame du Haut, was built on the foundations of a Christian chapel of 4th century, which was destroyed during the World War II. The construction of Notre Dame du Haut represents an extreme outcome of Corbusier’s artistic endeavors. The chapel has a simple structure with two entrances, the main altar and chapel under the towers. Concrete and stone, which were the remnant of the original chapel, form the basics of the monumental structure.

Notre Dame du Haut is the first example of post-modern architecture. Its exclusivity – both in the history of European architecture and architectural history of the church – can everyone appreciate in Ronchamps.

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