Church of St Joan of Arc

Local nameÉglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc
LocationRouen, France

The Church of Saint Joan of Arc is a Catholic church in the city centre of Rouen, northern France.The church of Saint Joan of Arc was completed in 1979 in the centre of the ancient market square, known as the Place du Vieux-Marché, the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431. A small garden, Le Bouchet, which is outside and to the north of the church marks the exact spot.

The modern church Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc and the adjacent market halls were designed by the architect Louis Arretche, who was commissioned in 1969. The sweeping curves of the structure are meant to evoke both the flames that consumed Joan of Arc and an overturned longship. Many early Christian churches were designed in the shape of an overturned boat. The market halls simultaneously resemble smaller overturned boats and fish with gaping mouths, which are also rich Christian symbols. The tiled roof echoes this theme and forms a covered walkway over the square.

Tags Place of WorshipCatholicChristianChurchRegional HeritageHeritage
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Address 15 Place du Vieux Marché, Rouen 76000, France

Coordinates 49°26'34.614" N 1°5'18.009" E

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