cathedral of the resurrection in évry

The cathedral of the Resurrection was built between 1992 and 1995 by the swiss architect Mario Botta. It is dedicated to St Corbinian, born near Évry in 680, and evangelist of Bavaria. It cost 13 million Euros to build.

Address of John-Paul II (August 22, 1997)

It has the shape of a truncated cylinder with a diameter of 38 m (125 ft) rising to 34 m (111 ft). The walls are covered with 800,000 bricks forming geometrical designs. The top is crowned with twenty-four lime trees, symbol of life. The metal bell-tower at the top, has five bells. The cathedral is next to a series of buildings with the form of a cloister.

The nave is a vertical cylinder of 29 m (95 ft) in diametre built in bricks. The ground is covered in black granite. The glass part between the roof and the walls enables a natural vertical lighting.

At the back of the chancel, a window symbolises a tree. The marble altar lies on a column which stands in the crypt. Above, the Christ was made in Tanzania at the beginning of the 20th century. At the front of the choir, the marble baptismal font enables baptisms by immersion. It is dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary in wood, dating from the 16th century. On the right, the cathedra, the bishop's see, is enhanced by a special brick decoration. A bronze statue represents St Corbinien. In the ramp leading to the choir, the Way of the Cross is made up of three sheets of petrified wood from the Arizona.

The "Day chapel", in octagonal shape, enables more intimate ceremonies. Located beneath the chancel, the crypt includes twenty-four tombs for the bishops of Évry.