The new Catholic Church of Oradour under repair (in 2017)

    This view shows the church in the new (post 1953) Oradour-sur-Glane and as can be seen, it was undergoing extensive repair work in 2017. The church is of modern, pre-cast concrete construction and is not of great architectural merit or style, being of a very modern design. It has been obvious for to me that the structure has not been fully watertight since my first visit in May 1998 and is fact signs of damp / mould can be seen in the first photographs dating from that time. I am not a surveyor and cannot say with complete confidence what the causes of the decay / water ingress are, but my guess is that the problems go back to poor materials and a shoddy approach to construction in the early 1950's.

Oradour church repair autumn 2017
The catholic church of Oradour-sur-Glane closed whilst undergoing repair for water ingress in autumn 2017


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Michael Williams: December 2017