Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Church of the Sacred Heart, Vinohrady

Getting off the metro at Jiřiho z Poděbrad, you never need to stop and ask anyone the time, because the entire square is overlooked by this vast dial, measuring some six metres in diameter. The clocktower is the dominant feature of the Church of the Sacred Heart. At 42 metres high, and - unusually - stretching the entire width of the nave, it gives the church the appearance more of a grand railway station than a place of worship.

Designed in 1928 by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik and built between 1929 and 1932, this art deco masterpiece integrates design elements of classical architecture such as pediments, friezes and obelisks, with industrial materials: huge bronze doors, blue glazed bricks and, of course, the enormous, functional clock, the largest of its kind in Central Europe.

Inside, the effect is similarly shocking: bare brick walls, pierced at regular intervals with gold Greek crosses, and spherical copper lamps suspended from the unsupported ceiling. You might be inside a conference hall, were it not for Damian Pešana's ten-foot gilded statue of Christ above the altar.

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Jilly said...

It is shocking, isn't it? Incredibly modern and yet not somehow. Well 1928 isn't so very modern is it? Really effective post for the 'time' theme, Alex.

Karin said...

We lived for 3 months last winter, just around the corner of this amazing church. I managed to go to Mass there one evening and oogled and aah'd over the insides. My first impressions a couple years ago was not so favourable, more like..."what in heck is that?" Now I love it! Thanks for the photo!

Gunn said...

Quite stylish, both the clock and the way you have created your photo!

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