Religion: Monks in Concrete

In the low hills near the French town of Eveux, 15 miles from Lyon, workmen were busy last week putting the finishing touches to what a Paris paper called one of "the celebrated ruins of the 40th century." It is a Dominican monastery —Couvent Sainte Marie de la Tourette.

But it is like no monastery ever built before. Its architect: France's famed Le Corbusier.

"Corbu" began "sniffing out the site," as he puts it, in 1953. He chose a slope to back his monastery against, propped on pillars. Then he listened and took notes while the late Dominican patron of the...

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