Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal Church, Paris

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Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal is a Catholic church in Paris built of concrete in Byzantine style with a large dome. It was constructed between 1932 and 1956.HistoryThe Église Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal is located on the grounds of some old fortifications. The population of the Paris neighborhood of the Porte de Saint-Cloud was growing fast in the 1920s, and a new church was needed. A Parisian woman from the area made a significant donation to help with the construction before she entered the convent of the Order of the Visitation, founded by François de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal. The architect Julien Barbier (1869–1939) was made responsible for the construction. The first stone was laid in 1932.The Église Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal was near to the Renault factories, and was bombed by the allies during World War II (1939–45). After the liberation of Paris construction resumed as part of the Chantiers du Cardinal program. Some changes were made to the design. The nave was enlarged and the dome flattened. Construction was not complete until 1956. The building was finished in 1962.Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris, was curé of the parish of Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal from 1969 to 1979, when he was named Bishop of Orleans.StructureThe Église Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal has a Byzantine style, which had become popular in Western Europe after the rediscovery of ancient Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. It features a large dome. The structure is concrete, and the walls are covered in "reconstituted stones". In 1962 Robert Juvin created a bas-relief Bienheureuse Vierge de la Merced for the facade of the church. The bell tower is separate from the church and dominates the square.
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