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St. Joseph’s Chapel

St. Joseph’s Chapel

Having been built in 1888 to plans drawn up by architect Chenevier, St. Joseph’s Chapel has managed to maintain its original splendour despite the passing of time and the various events that have shaped the region over the years.

The Chapel consists of a ground floor and a huge gallery on the first floor with a statue of St. Joseph standing watch over the upper part of the town at its peak.

The use of metal in the construction of the chapel gives it a decidedly modern feel. It was, indeed, the first time that wrought iron had been used in France for structural work. As a result, what you see before you today is a combination of delicate cast iron columns, elegant cut iron openwork arcades and even a wrought iron balustrade.

The furnishings are also partially to thank for the beauty of this building. The oak stalls created by Nancy-born sculptor Klem, for example, are so delicately refined they have an almost lace-like quality to them, not to mention the Way of the Cross cycle painted by Moicelet.

Having been dismantled to preserve it during World War I, the chapel was used as a hospital before being reassembled identical to its original form.

Statue of St. Joseph

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