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Places of worship in France

Basilique Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux


Basilica of St. Therese of Lisieux


The Sainte-Thérèse basilica is located in Lisieux, in Normandy. She was raised in honor of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus shortly after her canonization.

An imposing neo-Byzantine style building inspired by the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre, its construction, on a height at the edge of the city, began in 1929 and its consecration took place in 1954. Today it is the second place of pilgrimage in France (after that of Lourdes).

Saint Therese of Lisieux was beatified on April 29, 1923, and canonized on May 17, 1925, when four of her sisters, all religious, were still alive. The devotion to the new saint, already manifested by the hairy during the First World War, is growing in the year following its canonization. Faced with the growing number of pilgrims, it appears necessary to build a large basilica dedicated to the pilgrimage in the city where she lived and where she died.

Labeled “Heritage of the twentieth century”, it was registered as a historic monument September 14, 2010.