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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Sabbatical art pilgrimage: Europe - Day Three

I started the day at Metz Cathedral which has windows by Marc Chagall as well as an eclectic mix of other contemporary and medieval glass making it the Cathedral with the greatest expanse of stained glass in the world. See

The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp was designed by Le Corbusier and is one the 20th-century’s most important works of architecture. For years now it has been a heavily frequented site of international cultural tourism. See

In a wider effort to improve the area, the Œuvre Notre Dame du Haut commissioned Renzo Piano Building Workshop to design a convent for the Poor Clare sisters, as well as a small new building to welcome visitors, the Porterie. Hugging the hill’s slope, the new buildings are protected architecture with a resolved interior featuring large picture windows that frame the woods and its light. The convent includes a marvellous Oratory. See

The Sacré-Coeur in Audincourt is another of the churches where the Dominican Pere Couturier was involved in the commissioning process (he was also involved with Ronchamp). The church features stained glass and an altar tapestry by Fernand Léger, plus a mosaic and stained glass by Jean Bazaine.  See

My final visit today was in Les Bréseux to see Église Saint-Michel which has abstract windows by Alfred Manessier. See

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