The Chapel Notre Dame du Haut on the hill of Bourlémont (commune of Ronchamp), in Burgundy Franche Comté, will offer you a moment of calm and relaxation; especially if you find the way to visit places outside school holiday periods or "big" religious celebrations.
Visit the chapel "Le Corbusier"
Climbing the 200-meter difference in altitude, from the village, allows a pleasant setting. The view from the top of the hill, almost 500 meters above sea level, gives a beautiful view in the direction of the Vosges mountains and the rich forests surrounding.
The site, full of history, was occupied by religious constructions from antiquity until the inclemency of the German artillery during the second world war destroyed the whole building.
The renowned architect Le Corbusier, a renowned architect specialized in collective housing, was chosen to build a chapel whose first stone was laid in 1954. The chapel, classified in 2016 by Unesco as a world heritage of humanity , attracts 30% more visitors since then; reaching more than 90,000 people per year.
The place encourages contemplation and meditation. The space offers the visitor the opportunity to get away from the crowd, if you want. The chapel, fresh in the interior and dark, allows to penetrate, through the stained-glass windows, streams of light almost mystical.
The Corbusian exterior white facade curves differ from the classical forms and appearances endorsed by Gothic or Romanesque religious monuments (pointed or at right angles). As an intention of more roundness, of sweetness, of peace corresponding better to the messages and initial biblical proclamations ...
New buildings, more modern, almost buried, shelter a monastery and even a shop.
A place to visit on a beautiful autumn day ...
To discover nearby if we have not had the opportunity to go there: The House of Negritude and Human Rights which owes its name to the former President of the Republic of Senegal, Léopold Senghor who granted his patronage