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The Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail: photos, description Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Travail)

The Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail (our lady of Labour) is a unique Church with a unique name.

In 1884, in the district of Plaisance, on the outskirts of Paris, a new priest, twenty-three year old father Jean-Baptiste Roger Solange-bodeen. Strong, funny, fast athlete, Solange-Bodine is not afraid of ridicule and attacks anticlerical-minded people. The workers accepted and loved priest - he had the gift to speak the same language. He helped the poor, fought for social justice and constantly carried the word of God.

In the area lived thirty-five thousand workers and their families - the industry of Paris grew rapidly. The old small Church of Notre-Dame de Plaisance was missing, needed a new one, and the father Solange-bodeen came up with what. Why should working people not to go to Church, constructed of materials with which they deal every day, the Church in their honor and close to them in spirit? He started a national subscription to Finance the construction. Money began to come from everywhere.

The architect Jules Astruc imbued with the idea. A pupil of Victor laloux, who built the station d'orsay, he understood how important the relationship of architecture and engineering. In 1902, the new Church was completed. Outside is the usual big Church in the Romanesque style. The bell tower is a bell donated by Napoleon III old Church (the trophy, produced during the siege of Sevastopol). Inside included striking steel columns and arches in a huge space - like in the shop. Astruc was not the first to use metal for the construction of the frame Church, but it has steel parts play a major role in the design. 135 tons of riveted structures seem delicate and light.

Despite the industrial style, the Church does not look cold. It is richly decorated with frescoes, sculptures, stained glass in the art Nouveau style. Made in the same style like on blossoms from stone and metal. On the pedestal of the statue of the virgin and baby Jesus visible to the workbench, truck, anvil, hammer and other tools. The fresco of "St. Joseph the patron of carpenters and joiners" depicts Jesus as a teenager, helping his father at work. The entire interior of the Church emphasizes respect and love for the working man.

Now Notre-Dame-du-Travail - functioning Church with a fluidized parish life. Next is a small street named after the Christian Saint who is the street of the Abbot of Solange-bodeen.