Building the Church of the National Vow

Raymond Jonas

in France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221369
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924017 | DOI:
Building the Church of the National Vow

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This chapter discusses the start of the construction of the church promised by Legentil. It describes the basilica of the Sacré-Coeur and looks at the succession of Joseph Hippolyte Guibert as the archbishop of Paris. The chapter then studies Guibert's efforts to fix a diocese in disarray, before reviewing the vow made by Legentil. One section centers on the search for the proper site of the votive church in Paris, which posed challenges and created opportunities. The various drafts of the designs considered are discussed, one of which was Gothic. The chapter reveals that the jury chose the design of Paul Abadie, which incorporated a Romano-Byzantine style of sacred architecture. The final section focuses on the critics of the chosen design.

Keywords: construction; Joseph Hippolyte Guibert; Montmartre; Gothic; Romano-Byzantine; sacred architecture; criticisms; Paul Abadie

Chapter.  6855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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