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How to Build Heaven / Heaven above Lesná / The Rainbow Church / The Futuristic Church / Inner Universe/ God’s Touch Intention Architect Marek Jan Štěpán has occupied himself with the idea of this church intermittently for the past 30 years. However, the intention to build a church first came up in the relaxed atmosphere of 1968 and was finally fulfilled after 50 years. Its location was chosen by the architects of the wonderful housing estate, František Zounek and Viktor Rudiš. The church is fully funded by the church offerings and donations. It is the first church to be dedicated to Bl. Marie Restituta who was born approximately 600 meters from its location. Urbanism. The church is located in the heart of the housing estate at the mouth of the Čertova rokle ravine. The area is covered with tall concrete apartment buildings. The new church cannot compete with them in terms of size, which is why it has been designed to be very simple in expression, elementary in geometry, and therefore easily legible. A rectangular plateau is laid out on the plot that defines the sacred district. There are three basic masses on it – the church, the tower, and the spiritual centre (designed by Zdeněk Bureš). The original centre is rectangular, the tower is triangular and the church is circular, which means the three basic geometric shapes are all represented. The sacred district is built on a completely different scale which differentiates it from the surrounding blocks of flats and creates a dominant on a wholly new level. View more View full description
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