Notre-Dame-du-Cierge, Epinal

#5 of 21 in Historic Sites in Vosges
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Cierge is one of the finest examples of architecture you will ever see. It was built by the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. It is also an important piece of twentieth-century religious architecture. Here you will come across two entrances, a main altar, and three chapels beneath towers. The present chapel was remade after the old one got completely destroyed in World War II.

When you visit the site, make sure you pay special attention to the south wall of Ronchamp. It expands up to 10 feet, and as it moves from east to west, it curves towards the south. It also has extraordinary windows, where the openings slant towards their centers at varying degrees, thus letting in light at different angles. The glass that closes them off is set at alternating depths. This glass is sometimes clear, but is often decorated with small pieces of stained glass in typical Corbusier colors: red, green, and yellow. These stained pieces radiate like rubies, emeralds, and topaz and look like jewels. Plan to see Notre-Dame-du-Cierge and other attractions that appeal to you using our Epinal trip builder app.
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  • The huge tainted glass wall fills the church with a warm and mysterious ambiance. The generous space makes you feel free while enveloped by the mystic of the place  more »
  • Neither Epinal, nor this church – L’église Notre-Dame-au-Cierge – were mentioned in our guidebooks to France. This is an extraordinary omission, as this church is a truly magnificent example of the.....  more »
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