Spectacular Modern Interiors of Churches Around the World

French photographer Fabrice Fouillet has traveled the world, capturing beautifully majestic churches whose architecture strays from traditional examples of cathedrals. The religious grounds that Fouillet has specifically chosen to document, many of which were built in the decades following World War II, boast modern designs with a minimalist aesthetic. Fouillet composes each photograph in the same manner, placing the altar at the bottom and accentuating the height of each space. Though at first these establishments were criticized for their separation from customary structural appearances, they are wholly embraced today as breathtaking places of worship that celebrate religion in a modern era.

The photo series, titled Corpus Christi, features a number of churches that incorporate their own style of architectural design. However, despite having their own unique aesthetic, they share similarities in their deviations from typical, dated designs while retaining their respective establishments' pride in faith. There is an unmistakable presence of sharp, geometric forms in these houses of worship that is not prominent in typically Gothic churches. Yet, like most cathedrals, there is a wide expanse of vertical space, signifying a reach to the heavens and man's tiny stature in comparison to sacred greatness.

The photographer says, “Corpus Christi highlights the architectural aesthetic of the new places of worship and their hymn to minimalism, which has represented a genuine creative inspiration in modern religious architecture… [T]hey reveal a new conception of the sacred, a representation of the divine imbued with modernity… .”

First photo: Eglise St Martin-Donges (Colmar, Haut-Rhin, France)
Architect: Jean Dorian

Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz (Berlin, Germany)
Architect: Fritz Hoger

Santo Volto (Turin, Italy)
Architect: Mario Botta

Notre Dame du Chene (Viroflay, France)
Architect: Frres Sainsaulieu

St Mary of the Assumption (San Francisco, California, USA)
Architect: Pietro Belluschi

St Thrse (Metz, France)
Architect: Andr Remondet

St Remy (Baccarat, France)
Architect: Nicolas Kasiz

Christie Auferstehung (Koln, Germany)
Architect: Gottfried Bhn

St Ludwig (Saarelouis, Germany)
Architect: Gottfried Bhn

St Antonius (Basel, Switzerland)
Architect: Karl Moser

St Engelbert (Kln, Germany)
Architect: Dominicus Bhm

Notred Dame de Royan (Royan, France)
Architect: Guillame Gillet

St Joseph (Le Havre, France)
Architect: Auguste Perret

St Paulus (Saarbrucken, Germany)
Architect: Fritz Thoma

Fabrice Fouillet website
via [The Coollist]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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