Sacred Spaces: Photographer Captures Modernist Church Interiors

Photographer Thibaud Poirier captures modernist church interiors around the world in his photograph series ‘Sacred Spaces’. It is explained on the official site of the series ‘Architecturally, Thibaud Poirier was inspired by the astounding variety of church design. There are only but a few physical signs that bind them together: a visual focal point, usually but not always a cross, rows of seating trained on the visual cue, and a space clearly designed to spark wonder, reflection, devotion.’

Notre-Dame-du-Travail, Paris, France (Jule-Godefroy Astruc, 1902)

Sacred Spaces

Notre-Dame du Raincy, France (Auguste et Gustave Perret, 1923)

Sacred Spaces

Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, Montrouge, France (Erik Bagge, 1940)

Sacred Spaces

Kruiskerk, Amsterdam (Marius Duintjer, 1956)

Sacred Spaces

Saint-Martin de Donges, France (Jean Dorian, 1957)

Sacred Spaces

Saint-Rémy de Baccarat, Baccarat, France (Nicolas Kazis, 1957)

Sacred Spaces

St. Johann von Capistran, Munich, Germany (Sep Ruf, 1960)

Sacred Spaces

United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs (Walter Netsch, 1962)

United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel

Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, Paris, France (Henri Colboc, 1965)


Saint Pierre Et Saint Paul, Pau, France (André Remondet, 1970)

Saint Pierre Et Saint Paul

Notre-Dame-de-l’Arche-d’Alliance, Paris, France (Architecture-Studio, 1998)


Saint Ignatius, Tokyo, Japan (Sakakura Associates, 1999)

Saint Ignatius

Cathédrale de la Résurrection, Evry, France (Mario Botta, 1999)

Cathédrale de la Résurrection

Herz Jesu Kirche, Munich, Germany (Sattler, Allmann et Wappner, 2000)

Herz Jesu Kirche

Saint-François de Molitor, Paris, France (Corinne Callies et Jean-Marie Duthilleul, 2005)

Saint-François de Molitor