The church Notre-Dame-de-Royan was built between 1955
and 1958, in the same district as the church destroyed
by the bombardments.
With its imposing dimensions and its astonishing
architecture, it is described as cathedral.
in three years, following the allied bombardment of
the town of Royan on January 5, 1945, the church
Notre-Dame-de-Royan, had Architect Guillaume Gillet and to
Engineer Bernard Lafaille, is a major building of the
contemporary religious architecture, so much by his
dimensions (45 meters length on 22 meters of width, 36
meters height with a bell-tower culminating with
nearly 60 meters) that by the audacity of its design (pillars
out of V, shell roof - 8 cm - of concrete in" saddle
of horse") and the generalized use of the rough
able to receive 2 000 people in her nave in ellipse,
which gives him the pace of a vessel, equipped with
canopies in gemmail, a modern statuary and organ of 3
500 pipes, this immense building provides a
translation of our time to the research of
spirituality in a pertaining to worship building ".
Extract of Text of the Square of the church
The church Notre-Dame-de-Royan is inaugurated and
blessed on July 10, 1958.
Architecture holds account of the slope of the ground.
The principal entry is located partly high.
Top of the staircase which goes down in the nave, one
measures all the width of the building.
The stained glass behind the furnace bridge appears in
all its beauty and the light which penetrates by the
side stained glasses gives a soft clearness.
The sacred art and
structures of the Fifties
The church Notre-Dame-de-Royan is representative of the
architecture of the years 1950 in Royan.