"XVIII Arr: Saint Jean de Montmartre" Paris Off The Beaten Path Tip by Elisabcn
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Maybe this church won't attract you at first sight (picture 2). However I think it is very interesting and deserves a short stop during your visit to Montmartre. Built between 1894 and 1904, it is the first modern church in Paris. Its architect, Anatole de Baudot, a student of Viollet le Duc and Labrouste, had the idea of a social and inexpensive architecture in harmony with the industrial development. Having clear ideas in his mind and under the influence of the Universal Exposition of 1900, he dares to introduce the concrete and iron in this church and condemns the camouflage of materials and structures. Saint Jean de Montmartre Church is a rare construction, one of the few constructions in Paris that used the technique of reinforced bricks (technique which will be quickly replaced by the reinforced concrete) and for this reason it is an original construction in the History of Architecture. Due to its external appearence soon it will be known by locals as Notre Dame des Briques.
Forget for a while the “classic stone cathedrals” and have a look at its decoration evoquing Oriental Art. The façade is decorated with sandstone ceramic lozenges, which in those days was a new technique of modern industry, giving some colour to the ensemble (picture 1) . Inside (picture 3) the architecture is naked, having an industrial character, but the stained glass windows and some paintings give some colour and “religious atmosphere” (picture 4) . For the more conservative spirits two beautiful angels carved out of a single bloc (each one) of Carrara marble will delight them (picture 5).
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