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“Fascinating”

Sanctuaire Sainte Therese
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Lisieux
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2018

A fascinating place of remembrance of a dedicated soul. The architecture is in perfect symbiosis with the spiritual message of Therese and of the church.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We traveled here from Bayeux, stopping to see the home of St. Therese. The Basilica is one of our favorites we've visited. Almost entirely empty (mid-week visit), and the mosaics are striking. Fascinating to learn about St. Therese's life and her parents. An inspiring story.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

When we first arrived in Lisieux we were pointed to the Cathedrale and were somewhat confused as it didn't look anything like the photos. What we actually saw, in the centre of town was the 12th Century cathedral, that is now relegated to being a church. Much of the original decorations and virtually all of the statues have been removed though.
Hence wondering what I'd seen online the night before!
The way we came into town we didn't see the Basilique so went off to Beuvron-en-Auge for lunch.
It was only when we saw photos of the Basilique on postcards that we realised the mistake and headed back after lunch.
It was worth the return trip. Stunning architecture for the 20th century. Some may think it ugly - you have to have a predetermined opinion to think that, it's certainly not ugly.
If you're thinking in terms of the cost of the building and think that the Catholic church has its priorities awry then there may be some justification for that viewpoint.
For this to have been built so recently it is remarkable.
The only adverse comment I would make is in the quality of some of the paintings - they're a bit amateurish, but that doesn't detract from the overall experience.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

The neo byzantine architecture is the largest religions building of the 20th century.
The structure is concrete but the visible exterieur is limestone and the interior covered in magnificent mosaics.

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Travelling in December, is a real plus, Christmas decorations and markets everywhere and very few tourists, the locals were extremely helpful and friendly, the Cathedral is not only magnificent, huge but very restful and moving

1  Thank Karen M
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