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Temple protestant de Reims

The Temple protestant de Reims (Protestant Temple of Reims) is a large Protestant church in Reims, France. It was built in 1921–23 to replace an earlier building that had been destroyed during World War I (1914–18). The building is in flamboyant Neo-Gothic style. Originally the interior was decorated with Art Deco frescoes, but these deteriorated and have been painted over.

Temple protestant de Reims
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Interior
Temple protestant de Reims is located in France
Temple protestant de Reims
Temple protestant de Reims
49°15′30″N 4°02′15″E / 49.258421°N 4.037379°E / 49.258421; 4.037379Coordinates: 49°15′30″N 4°02′15″E / 49.258421°N 4.037379°E / 49.258421; 4.037379
Location 13 boulevard Lundy, Reims
Country France
Denomination United Protestant Church of France
Website www.epu-reimsepernay.org/index.html
History
Founded 1921–23

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HistoryEdit

The Reformed Church of Reims was established by royal decree on 30 April 1832. On 15 December 1867 the Reformed Temple was opened on the Boulevard Lundy in a converted building that had formerly been a riding school. During World War I (1914–18) the temple was destroyed by incendiary shells. After the war it was rebuilt in the same location. The foundation stone was laid on 23 October 1921.[1] The temple was dedicated on 24 June 1923 by Pastor Louis Gonin, president of the Presbyteral council of Reims.[1] The interior walls were originally covered with Art Deco frescoes by Gustave Louis Jaulmes, representing subjects such as the Tree of Life, Tables of the Law and Huguenot Cross with tears, with many plant decorations.[2]

The pulpit, in Gothic Revival style, was dismantled in 1972.[1] In 1973 the frescoes were covered with white paint due to their deteriorated condition. This gives the temple a sober or austere interior, more in line with the Reformed Church tradition.[2] A great organ was built between 1972 and 1976, with 53 registers. Construction was overseen by pastor Pierre Vallotton, who was passionate about organ music and the construction of instruments. The organ was inaugurated on 17 October 1976 by Arsène Muzerelle, organist of Reims Cathedral.[3] .

BuildingEdit

The building was designed by Charles Letrosne (1868–1938) in a flamboyant neo-Gothic style influenced by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. It was modeled on the Temple de l'Étoile in Paris. The layout is that of Latin cross, which is unusual in a church built for Protestants. The nave is built in concrete on foundation piles 10 metres (33 ft) deep. The nave is 33 metres (108 ft) long, and the transept is 20 metres (66 ft) long. The vaulted ceiling rises to 15 metres (49 ft). The windows represent biblical themes.[4]

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