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Church. Joan of Arc: a photo, description Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'arc du Touquet-Paris-Plage)

The Church of St. Joan of Arc located in the upscale seaside resort in Northern France, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, more commonly known as just Le Touquet. It was founded relatively recently, in 1876, and the Church itself was built in the course of mass building in the early twentieth century.

Interestingly, this is the first religious building in France, dedicated to the famous Jeanne d'arc, as she was canonized only in 1920, and the Church itself was built 10 years earlier. It is considered that the proposal to rename the building in honor of this Saint came from a wealthy Englishwoman, the patron of this Church. It was originally dedicated to St. Andrew. A chapel on this place existed in 1886.

During the Second world war, on 4 June 1944 at Le Touquet was bombed from the air, and the Church of Joan of Arc was almost completely destroyed - were damaged choirs, old stained glass Windows and almost the entire interior of the Church. However, 10 years later the whole building was restored. During the restoration work, religious services were held in the city hall, opposite the Cathedral.

Surprisingly, despite the bombing, managed to keep the old bell of the Cathedral, which was named Clotilde Maria. It was made in 1912.

The internal decoration of the Church is dominated by iron products and marble. For example, the main altar, preserved since 1912, made of white marble, and the altar in the choir is made of gold-plated iron after the Second world war.

The Church is famous for its vivid stained glass, which tells about the life of Joan of Arc. Stained glass Windows in the choir are dedicated to Jesus Christ.

In 1958, the architectural ensemble of the Church was complemented by another small room, which was also exquisitely decorated. Its walls are painted with murals of the Creation of the World, and in the room there is a statue of our lady of Lourdes, made in the centennial anniversary of the miraculous occurrences at Lourdes.