Notre Dame de France


Notre Dame de France

An extraordinary church bombed out in the 1940s

Location: 5 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BX

Description: This extraordinary church was bombed out in the 1940s and almost entirely rebuilt in 1955. With murals depicting an energetic 'annunciation' - care of Jean Cocteau...this really is a special place.

Once he had finished his task, Jean Cocteau was sad to leave : I am sorry to go, as if the wall of the chapel had drawn me into another world.

He went on to comment :

I shall never forget that wide open heart of Notre Dame de France, and the place you allowed me to take within it.

Jean Cocteau wished to be buried in a chapel the chapel of St Blaise of the Simple Ones, at Milly la Fort, near Fontainebleau. He died on 11th October 1963.

Is there a secret message in the mural?

It became a church in 1865 after the church bought the building built as a panorama, a forerunner of the cinema, hence why it's shape is virtually circular.

Tours: Top Ten London Murals

Themes: ChurchChurch Theme  HistoricalHistorical Theme  ArtArt Theme
Notre Dame de France

An extraordinary church bombed out in the 1940s

Ranking This Month: 1688/2874

Pages Hit This Month: 13


Credits: TimeOut - London

Other places nearby:


Watching for Bodysnatchers», 8.1km

St Botolph's Church Aldgate», 2.3km

John Wesley Chapel», 2.0km

Butterfield's Gothic All Saints», 0.5km

St Luke's & Christ Church», 2.2km

Choirboy Laurence Olivier», 1.5km

St Matthews Church», 2.8km

Acton Hill Church», 6.2km

Gypsy Smith Memorial», 8.5km

Oldest Church in London?», 1.9km

Location Pinpointed: