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The Church of Sainte Bernadette of Banlay

The Church of Sainte Bernadette of Banlay is a modern catholic church located in Nevers, in the French département of Nièvre, in the Burgundy region.

 In the 1960s, the Bishop's wish to create a place of worship in the northern suburb of Nevers resulted in the construction of the Church of Sainte Bernadette of BanlayIt was listed as an Historical Monument in 2000 and is the result of work carried out jointly by Paul Virilio and Claude Parent. According to the latter, the oblique design consists of the creation and use of inclined planes for habitat and circulation. The church is articulated around the two interlocking, inclined planes in the nave.

Although the harshness of the building's exterior is surprising, the interior is very soft owing to the predominance of curves and light streaming down from the arched roof.

The church is located in rue Claude Parent (formerly rue du Banlay) and is open during Sunday Masses on the first Sunday of each month at 10:30am.

During the summer season open days are organised at the church. Enquire with the Service Municipal du Patrimoine for the opening hours (Tel: +33 (0)3 86 68 46 25)

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