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ronchamp chapel of notre dame du haut

For the summer holidays I’m back home. It’s been a week since I arrived and I still haven’t set foot outside the property. The weather is great and I leave my deckchair sheltered by the shade of the forest just to cook on the barbecue set nearby. It’s true that this environment makes a big change away from all the hectic life in Tokyo: the first house is 3 km away and my only neighbours are the deer passing by my window every morning at breakfast time. Today I decided to go out to see one more time the Ronchamp Chapel that I love so much which is only one hour drive away. This Catholic chapel built between 1953 and 1955 is a creation of the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. I can say without hesitation that he is my favourite architect. I especially appreciate his furniture creations. It’s a very puzzling building, so different from the image we can have of traditional churches found throughout France. The building offers a very different perspective depending from where it is observed. The chapel is built on an ancient Roman sanctuary. In 2011, a new gatehouse and a convent were built according to the designs of the architect Renzo Piano. As it is summer time, a series of violin concerts were scheduled for the following days. So I bought tickets, planning to return the next evening.

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