L'Eglise Saint-Jean de Bosco Paris

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L’Eglise Saint-Jean de Bosco – An art-déco church

The other day, I ventured into a neighborhood I know little about. I had been told about an atypical church dating from the 1930s hidden in the 20th arrondissement, rue Alexandre Dumas. What a discovery! The Saint-Jean de Bosco church, dedicated to this Italian priest who worked all his life to help young children from disadvantaged backgrounds, is a masterpiece of contemporary sacred art. Already surprised by its monumental facade and its 53-meter-high bell tower, it is inside that the church really reveals itself.

We find the richness and originality of the Art Deco style applied to sumptuous murals and frescoes all in mosaics but also stained glass and statues of great beauty. The greatest artists of religious art of the time contributed: the Mauméjean workshop for the ornamentation, Jean Gaudin for the stained glass windows, Georges Serraz for the sculptures and Raymond Subes for the ironwork. It’s breathtaking and fascinating to see how the reinforced concrete fades behind the delicacy of these works.

Visit it on a sunny day to enjoy its beautiful pink light and see all the works well. Afterwards, you can have a drink in the cozy Reunion Square, right next door!

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Details about this spot



79 Rue Alexandre Dumas, Paris

Opening Times

09:00 - 18:00 daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)