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Sanctuaire Sainte Therese

31 rue du Carmel, 62095 Lisieux, France
02 31 48 55 00
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Lisieux
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Honfleur, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

St. Thérèse, the little flower of Lisieux. We love when old postcards lead us on adventures to new Normandy places, but sometimes it is nice to pick up a picture of somewhere familiar. This card was found in an old wooden box at a street brocante on a showery April day. Its smudges of colour instantly proclaim the crypt of... More

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Stoke On Trent
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Even viewing from a distance this is beautiful building and absolutely huge. If it is as spectular inside as it was from the outside it will be breathtaking

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Although I was brought up as a Roman Catholic my wife was not, and she generally prefers visiting stately homes to religious sites, because she sometimes finds religious places a little intimidating or overly sombre. She absolutely loved this place. There was a serenity and peacefulness to this place, and unlike a lot of older buildings it was quite well... More

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Orange, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This building was awe inspiring. The art, the massiveness, the beauty of it all was awesome. Yes, as some reviewers pointed out, there is a lot of kitsch but, all that notwithstanding, we enjoyed the small crowd and the incredible beauty and peacefulness of the place. Definitely worth the visit.

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Houston
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Church is huge, with interesting mosaics. We went on a tour which included this site. Could not be less interested in Saints so was just there to see the building which is impressive. It is a virtualy disneyland to St. Therese with bookshop, t shirts, coffee mugs, candles and all sorts of religious junk to buy. Must make a fortune... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We went to Lisieux to visit the Basilica of St Therese which is an important pilgrimage site after Lourdes in France. The basilica has so much history of St Therese and the environment and its surroundings were both breathtaking and serene. There was not too much crowd when we arrived in the afternoon and we managed to walk through the... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The shear scale of this church is overwhelming, and it is one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings of the Art Deco period. The mosaics are now coming to be appreciated for their artistic merit, which had fallen out of favour in the 60sand 70s.

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North Smithfield, Rhode Island
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The basilica itself was breathtaking. As for the advertisement of the push to canonize the parents of St. Therese kind of took away from the beauty of the place. The best part was that it wasn't nearly as crowded as Notre Dame or Mont St. Michel.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Basilica of Saint Therese of the Baby Jesus in Lisieux is the second most important pilgrimage site, after Lourdes. Here you will find many sites to visit like the Cathedral Saint Pierre, Le Carmel, Palace of Justice, The house were she and her parents lived and Wax Museum amongst others. But the most impressive is the Basilica itself. It... More

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Hampshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The approach road is lined with the sort of tacky religious knick-knack shops you see in places like Lourdes & Fatima - not an auspicious start. The "sanctuary" itself is very fussy, and I`m very surprised that it was designed in the 20th century. It seems out of tune with more modern thinking. Overall, only recommended to die-hard believers.

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