The brutalist church Saint-Nicolas d'Hérémence was designed by Walter Maria Förderer as a replacement for an 18th century church damaged during an earthquake in 1946. It was built between 1968 and 1971 using the same concrete also used for the Grande Dixence dam completed in 1961.
Saint-Nicolas d'Hérémence - facade and fountain
Saint-Nicolas d'Hérémence - facade and fountain
Saint-Nicolas d'Hérémence on a foggy day
Saint-Nicolas d'Hérémence on a foggy day
The interior was designed with 500 seats.
church interior
church interior
The church is located on a steep terrain with a height difference of over 15 meters. Stairs link the different building levels which also comprise a public library and rooms for local associations.
concrete staircase
concrete staircase
concrete staircase
concrete staircase
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