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St. Fronleichnam, Aachen

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 14 May 2010 in Architecture.

Located in a social hotspot of Aachen, only few of its inhabitants are aware of this highlight of their city. This building is a milestone of early modern architecture, designed by architect Rudolf Schwarz, built in 1930. This mostly radical church building does completely without any decoration and colour, entirely depending on the white of its walls and the black of its stone and pews. It is pure architecture, the building itself becomes part of the Catholic rite, and I hope you will find its ambience as breathtaking as I did.

Laurent from Lyon, France

Well, it looks like more a "factory of god" rather than a real church.
Interesting, more than beautiful, piece of architecture (to my point of view)

14 May 2010 5:32am

@Laurent: I think you will like its interior. :-)

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Great German architecture. The cross over the door says it all.

14 May 2010 8:23am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Quite small! And the real entry was in the neighbouring building! :-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Scrolling picture down and up , down and up , I found I like the upper part of it the best :)) These lines on the sky, and white building and naked tree could be a super frame too :))
Very lovely image !

14 May 2010 2:02pm

@MARIANA: The sky fits well to the solemn building, something you will find inside, too.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

show us inside then...'cos that certainly doesn't look like a church!

14 May 2010 3:31pm

@Ted: Wait and be astonished!

Céline from New York City, United States

I like what you do with this lens ! Nice shot !

14 May 2010 5:31pm

@Céline: Many thanks! It's a rather big building, capturing the whole street with a normal lens would have been much more difficult.

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Very basic outside - dare I say it looks like a small prison. Not sure if this was intended by the architect. The tower is certainly a strong statement. Look forward to seeing inside?

Nice vapour trails.

14 May 2010 10:00pm

@Philip: No prison but a place of total deliverance. I hope my photos will transport this clearly.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I didn't realized that it was a church until I saw your tag. It looks more like an industrial building.
I was also more wondering with that amount of sky showing the planes trails if I would cut the lower part of the picture (street and cars)

15 May 2010 12:39am

@akarui: Definitely inspired by industrial architecture, as this was a totally new approach in 1930 (the year when it was built). The contrails, yes; we've been to Aachen one week after the airplane ban, when Eyjafjallajökull was having a pause. One week earlier, and this would have been a differently looking shot!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

My first thought was...a prison! Then I saw the cross and then I read your explanation. So...I've got to trust your feeling.....But even that tree in front is leafless, I don't know...it looks a bit spooky with that separated alongated structure that I assume might be the bell tower (?)

17 May 2010 10:25am

@Japanalia: As you have already seen, this is a place of complete etherealness; no need for gargoyles. :-)