The brick red door stands out strongly against the cream coloured stone and brickwork. The painted tympanum, highlighted in gold, draws your eye upward into the round-topped archway. It’s an imposing entrance but it doesn’t look much used. Where are the usual church notice boards giving times of service and all the other essentials of parish life?
There are two more smartly painted doors on this face of Église Saint-Dominique, opening onto Villa Saint Jacques. Neither give a hint of when they might be open. Round the corner in Rue de la Tombe Issoire there are three more doors, a grand central entrance with a carved figure of the church’s patron saint leaning out from the tympanum, a small back door to the presbytery and finally a side door with welcoming notice board. Welcoming? Well, maybe not today. The door is shut and there’s no door handle. A street map suggests that the main entrance is round on a third street, the opposite side. There must be another door round there.
Église Saint-Dominique was designed by architect Georges Gaudibert in 1913 but, due to the intervention of the First World War, it wasn’t completed until 1921. It’s an elegantly simple building with attractive details but it seems uncertain which way it’s facing. Where is the front door?
An extra post for this week’s Thursday Doors.