Church Saint Louis of Brest!!

And here here, this is a find indeed.In my wonderful time upating older posts I came into this topic that was briefly mentioned in older post but feel deserves a full post of its own. Therefore, here is my take on the Church Saint Louis of Brest!

You can’t missed even for sentimental reasons, the Church or église Saint Louis de Brest. It is now build in modern style as was reconstructed after WWII on the ruins of the old Church Saint Louis. It is very near the market St Louis (see post) ; hope you enjoy it as I and glad found it!

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The old Church Saint Louis was built from 1686, consecrated in 1702; but was not completed until 1785. Name for king Louis IX or Saint Louis. The painting ;the Martyrdom of the Maccabees, from the high altar of the ancient Church of the Seven Saints was there. The presence of this painting in the old church of the Seven Saints illustrates the confusions which have occurred over time between several more or less legendary accounts of “Seven Saints”, the Seven Saints founders of Bretagne, the Seven Saints de la Rade de Brest, the Seven Saints children of Saint Félicité, the Seven Saints of Tibur children of Saint Symphorose and Saint Gétule. Severely damaged by bombings during WWII as well as by reprisals from the nazis, during the summer of 1944, the church was finally razed to the ground during Reconstruction.

The new Church Saint Louis was built between 1953 and 1958. It is 10 meters above the old one, some ruins of which are still visible in the basements of the current church. The Church of Saint-Louis is the largest French church rebuilt after WWII and its architecture was inspired by 20C Swiss churches. The building is 95 meters long, 27 meters wide and 24.5 meters high under the vault; flanked by an imposing reinforced concrete bell tower, the size of which was reduced compared to the first sketches with the momentum cut by a copper lantern on one side and its baptistery on the other, a bay pierced at the above the nave illuminates the high altar. Its Logonna stone facing contrasts with its concrete walls and the west wall, almost blind, responds to the east glass wall in a symbolism of Evil and Good; the west wall is also blind due to bad weather. The red doors recall the blood of Brest residents who died during WWII, the shape of the doors evokes that of submarine doors: it would be a reminder of the maritime history of Brest. The stained glass windows which constitute a strong point of the whole: representing four Breton saints ,Pol de Léon, Corentin, Guénolé, and Saint Yves   and seven other saints and prophets; respectively in the choir, the southern side of the nave and the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

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The chalice has a very particular history which is linked to the most dramatic hours of recent history in Brest. The chalice was made with the gold and silver of the jewelry worn by the victims of the Sadi-Carnot shelter in WWII. After the tragedy, the gold and silver jewelry of the victims were collected. The families had expressed the wish that with solid silver a chalice decorated with precious stones recovered from the shelter would be made.The Stations of the Cross was delivered in April 2017. The latter explains that the film The Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson inspired it. This Stations of the Cross has the particularity of having an additional station: station number 15 on the theme of Mercy.

The Parish churches of Brest including Saint Louishttps://paroissebrestcentre.wordpress.com/bienvenue-a-la-paroisse/un-peu-dhistoire/

The City of Brest on heritage: https://www.brest.fr/un-territoire/decouvrir-1578.html

The Brest metropole tourist office on Bresthttps://www.brest-metropole-tourisme.fr/decouvrir/actualites/que-faire-a-brest-en-fevrier-mars-54795

And voilà! credit is given to a nice monument in wonderful Brest, where we have lots of good memories with the family told in many other posts in my blog. You are good to visit Brest and see this nice Church Saint Louis!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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