Notre Dame du Travail in Paris
I’d promised my friend Heide that I would publish something about Notre Dame du Travail, that 1900 church with a metal structure (some of the workers who went to pray here had worked on the Eiffel Tower) in the 14th district of Paris.
I went through all my files of the past 6 years in order to find pictures of that church, most of them taken during concerts.
Not quite Jericho, but not that far either. The organ is modern though.
Pillars and all the overall structure of the building is made of metal.
The crowd was dense on that day for a concert dedicated to Saint Saëns’s beautiful requiem.
Here one catches a good glimpse of the building.
Two members of the Darius Milhaud Choir.
As the church has upstairs galleries, pictures from above are possible. They often give a different perspective.
More of the same
Martin Barral is the conductor of the Orsay Philharmonic Orchestra. A nice bouncing chap whose every somersaults I track with my camera (not showing on this picture).
With a short focal lens, one gets a feeling of the size of the building. The galleries on top are visible from this point too.
The building is equipped with very narrow, dust-smelling staircases which look a bit eerie.
One can peak a head outside and catch a glimpse of Ricardo Bofill’s council estate buildings Place de Catalogne.
The pillars change colour when the lights are switched on.
It’s a beautiful church and it’s said to be very good in terms of acoustics. Many discs have been recorded in this place because of this. Well, there you have Heide, I hope you enjoyed this!