Rouen

 

This weekend we stayed in Rouen which is in Northern France.  It is known for having one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe.  What I found extraordinarily beautiful were the churches.  Huge shocker, old town beautiful church, in France they are a dime a dozen. However I found these two churches particularly interesting.  While they contrast greatly, both strive for height and light.  consciously we know that these motifs are present throughout all of architecture history, but seeing two examples 500 years apart,  it demonstrates the endless ways we as architects can express through space.  Another post might be coming comparing these two in more detail, but for now, just marvel at how beauty can take such different forms for similar purposes.

Benedictine Church of St Ouen


Church of Joan of Arc


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