An uncontested symbol of Le Havre’s renaissance, Saint-Joseph church is an extraordinary edifice: impressive dimensions and its trans-Atlantic style disturb traditional religious references, yet also make it one of the most remarkable constructions of the 20th century in France.
Historical events establish a landmark in all great cities. In Le Havre, Saint-Joseph church quickly achieved this desirable status despite its recent construction – the first religious celebration took place there 50 years ago. It’s true that the ambition prevailing its construction, during the feverish post-war reconstruction bestowed it with serious assets for deserving the role of flagship monument.
Obviously its resemblance with a skyscraper from a distance, either from the land or sea, a sight so familiar to admirers of New York, is not by chance. A truly votive work dedicated to the memory of the victims of the devastation of Le Havre, from the top of its 107 metres, Saint-Joseph celebrates the rebirth of a city which is France’s maritime gateway, giving this religious edifice another more profane vocation.