Eglise Saint Eloi, Paris

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  • In the 12th arrondissement, on the edge of the rue de Reuilly and on the place Maurice de Fontenay, you will discover this modern church. View from the outside, a metal shed. Consecrated in 1968, this "Church" is the work of the architect Marc Leboucher who, certainly to remain in the symbolic of Saint-Eloi (patron of the goldsmiths), used the metal for its realization by covering the Interior and exterior walls of aluminum foil. Inside, an impression of great emptiness... a huge Hall sad, cold, practically without decoration apart from a few panels of modern painting. Near the altar of mass, a gilded plaster statue of Saint-Eloi, made in 1937 by Jean Puiforcat. I do not think it is very useful to dwell longer in the detailed descriptions of this building or to join a multitude of photos... It's really not worth the trip. Access is via the Metro, line 8, station "Montgallet" or by bus, line 46, stop "Montgallet".
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  • This indefinable-style church is located at n ° 3 place Maurice de Fontenay, at the level of no. 58 of the rue de Reuilly. After several traditional buildings built since 1856, which only take a while, the current church is built in 1968. The architect Marc Leboucher, takes the pretext that Saint Eloi is the patron saint of goldsmiths and metallurgists, to use metals. The Church is in the form of an inclined roof shed, with a bell tower with a metal structure with a "pylon" style supporting the Bell. the Church is coated with aluminium plates, with on the sides of the open interstices to bring in the light. These openings are directed towards the altar, in order to channel the natural light coming from the outside. The steel frame is visible from the nave. Inside, the architect uses grey lacquered aluminium foil, to better reflect the light. The trapezoidal structure of the nave and the posiiton of the altar, put it in elevation so that, from any place whatsoever, one sees the course of the Office easily. Here everything seems to be in the Middle economy, with little decoration. Only a "Bariolé" painted panel depicting Christ in the cross is behind the altar, which itself is of "biblical simplicity". The lights are made with Lampshade suspensions, as in industrial buildings. The side chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is decorated with enamels from the "BOULLE" school and a statue of the Virgin and child carved from a stranger, dated 1968. Finally, the gilded plaster statue of Saint Eloi, the work of the Goldsmith, Jean Puiforcat (1897-1945), made for the universal exposition of 1937, is to the right of the altar. This Saint Eloi resembles a "futuristic metal" character for the time, coming from the outer space!! Finally, for the comfort in the Church, knowing the conductivity of the aluminium to solar radiation, I imagine that, except to have planned thermal insulation, this building must be an oven, in hot heat! This style of Church, without decoration, is probably made to stimulate inner contemplation, so much the mind is not likely to be diverted by anything that attracts the eye. The Spartan side of the benches adds. We are in the equivalent of places ZEN, Japanese!! In conclusion, without minimizing the "innovative" side of this building, you must have visited it to convince yourself that we prefer to return "old orders" or "inspired modernism" for the architecture of our places of worship! This church is accessible by metro station "Montgallet" line n ° 8, then you have to go up the street Reuilly to the North on about 80 m.
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  • More than a place of worship, a place of encounters with people who share the faith and love of the other. A parish very turned to the social, with people who have a big heart like this! Thank you all.
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  • Nice Church
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