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publicat in: Different natural stones // Publicata pe 18.01.2018

Religious architecture has always been subjected to strict canons, or assessed based on these, given the differences between religions and the symbols used by everyone for promoting and sharing traditions. Construction materials are closely related to the symbols and vision of the divinity represented by the church, but also depend on their availability according to the geographical area.

The Romanian architecture originates in medieval Europe and is characterized by semicircular arches with the materials used for construction ranging from brick (Central Europe) to limestone, granite and silex. The region with the most durable Romanian churches is in southern France. The Saint Hilaire Church from Malle is one of them.

Parisian designer Mathieu Lehanneur has accomplished an interior renovation of this church that could be regarded as a revolutionary moment of religious architecture. Starting from the "telluric energy" of the stones used for the initial construction, the marble layers from inside the church remind of soil stratification and a magnetism of the stones, before construction.

In Lehanneur's view, this place of worship "seems to be built in that place because of the obvious energy coming from the ground." Moreover, he uses the purity and freshness of the geological material "to highlight the perfection of the Romanian architecture". Marble layer level alternations promote the hierarchy of clergy and believers.

Lehanneur's work is a cornerstone of religious architecture, stimulating not only new interpretations, but also re-analyzing and revisiting the relationship between divine and human space through the simple layout of materials.

Sources: yellowtrace.com.au and yatzer.com

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