Church of Notre Dame des Trévois, Troyes

One of the most beautiful churches of Bellot is Notre Dame des Trévois: A very simple little church to see from the outside, but a beautiful church from the inside! Build from 1931 until 1934. Rectangular floorplan, a five sided sanctuary and two little transepts. At the front is the statue of Mary, made by Henri Charlier. The front has two arches and a little bell-tower. Originally there would be a bigger tower, wich was never build. The porch is very interesting with parabolic arches stretching across from one side to another. ,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

porch

 

 

 

The roof of the nave is decorated by slate in different colors. At the outside wall is a belt made of slight lightcolored stone. The sanctuary is fivesided, with only two round windows at each side.

 

 

The interior is beautiful made of colored brick. The parabolic arches have a decoration of colored bricks and many walls are decorated by simply using different colors bricklaying. Bellots nickname “poet of brick” can be understood now…

In the sanctuary a huge white cross is surrounded by decorated bricks, and mosaic is placed in the side walls. The base of the arches seem to rest on blocks of natural stone, but these columns are also made of brick.

 

Just like the chapel in Neuvy-sur-Barangeon this church has two pulpits. The communionrail still stands. The nave has an ceiling of wood, colored grey-blue. The sanctuary has a ceiling made of wood, painted blue.

The similarity with the church at Leerdam (1929) is stunning. Together with the little church at Hardecourt-aux-bois this church is the most “Dutch” church of Bellot in France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ceiling of the baptistery

 

 

Very beautiful is the ceiling of the baptistery, every layer of bricks crawls toward the middle, like in a hollow piramid.

The church has stained-glass windows with concrete bars.

 

photo's: A.W.A.Lukassen and A.A. Lukassen, july 2009