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Original Title: Sobre Ronchamp
The chapel of Notre-Dame du Haut (Our Lady of the Heights), Ronchamp, in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France is one of the most remarkable, fascinating buildings of twentieth-century religious architecture. Inaugurated in 1955, Le Corbusier’s singular project was nothing less than a reinvention of sacred space in which light is given an important symbolic role. In this essay, Rafael Moneo turns his expert, penetrating attention to this extraordinary place that has been part of his architectural imaginary for so long and, in doing so, helps to unveil the enigmas that confront the visitor who crosses its threshold, while also situating the chapel not only in Le Corbusier’s oeuvre but also in contemporary religious architecture in general.
“Moneo’s crystal-clear yet intimate writing achieves a perfect balance between hermeneutic rigour and the flexibility and freedom of the notebook.”
Pedro A. Cruz Sánchez, La Razón