We all know that Paris is full of art nouveau architectural gems – famous shops, hotels and restaurants (Printemps, La Samaritaine, Maxim’s,..) as well as apartment houses. Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre is a unique example of an art nouveau church located in the area of Montmartre.

Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre was built between 1894 and 1904. The architect behind it is Anatole de Baudot, a student of the honored Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

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Anatole de Baudot decides to use a revolutionary system at that time. This system consists in a kind of metallic mesh, whose backbone is made of one single wire. The innovation reinforced concrete structure (a system developed by the engineer Paul Cottancin) meets the recognizable elements of art nouveau. Walls and extra thin columns are made of piled bricks. The concrete dome. Stained glasses with traditional christian subjects. The organ by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.
For the very first time concrete was not hidden, but played one of the leading roles in an architectural ensemble. The building passed all the security tests, and the birth of a new architectural language was proclaimed.

Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre is a building of a striking beauty, both inside and outside. Red bricks, wood and concrete blends in an airy and lacy construction. It’s the revolution that made XX century architecture possible.

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Official website: saintjeandemontmartre.com
Address: 19 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris.
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm.

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