Showing posts with label Notre-Dame de Travail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Notre-Dame de Travail. Show all posts

6.2.09

Notre-Dame de Travail


Just behind the “Modern Montparnasse” (see post last Wednesday), it’s suddenly as if you returned to an earlier century.

Hardly any cars, a small park - Square Cardinal Wyszynski -, some old buildings ... and especially a surprising church, Notre-Dame de Travail, a name which you could possibly translate to the workers’ Notre-Dame. This church was built 1899-1901 and looks rather ordinary outside with its some kind of roman style, but the inside is quite particular, all in metal – iron and steel. It seems that it was especially intended to welcome guest workers who often were lodged in the neighbourhood. They would feel “like home” (or perhaps rather in their working environment). Anyhow, I felt a very simple and special beauty when I entered. (For photos, some more light would have been nice, but I didn’t find the button.)

The church is one of the three or four Paris churches which also offer masses in Portuguese.

The bell comes from Sebastopol and was brought to France as a trophy after the Crimean War (1853-56).

I wish you a nice weekend!