Saint Joseph of Arimathea

Saint Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea, Saint, in the New Testament, wealthy man, probably a member of the Sanhedrin, who gave the body of Jesus a decent burial. The Christian Church has always honored him. The stories connecting him with the Holy Grail and with the founding of Glastonbury are probably literary fictions of the Middle Ages and have never received the approval of the church. Feast: Mar. 17.

Saint-Joseph, Le Havre is a 107-metre tall church in Le Havre, France. Construction on the church began in 1951, and ended in 1957. Some interpret its gloomy, neo-Gothic interior as a memorial to the five thousand civilians who died in Le Havre during a Nazi siege.

It was built, along with the vast majority of the current town, after the total devastation the town suffered during the Second World War. It is dedicated to local citizens killed during those air raids.


The Church was designed by the chief architect for the reconstruction of the town, Auguste Perret. Work was begun in 1951 and the church was completed by 1958. The tower is 106m tall and acts as a beacon visible from out at sea, especially at night when the tower is illuminated.

Auguste Perret was the teacher and mentor to the Swiss architect Le Corbusier.


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