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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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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This basilica is vast and breathtaking. It's an absolute must if you are in the area. The crypt is like a mini version of the church but so much more intimate because of its size. Amazing that there beautiful buildings can be accessed for free and not even a donation box in sight! !

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

What a vast, breathtaking structure......the inside was incredibly beautiful, even my atheist husband was blown away by the interior depicting the most amazing paintings and memorials to St Teresa. We were extremely surprised that, being a Sunday, we were there at the right time to participate in mass!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

It's #1 and it tells all. We enjoyed visiting this Basilica and even Celebrated Mass whilst there in 2011.The Mosaics are outstanding. The Recessed Altars are well positioned for a quieter mediation. Saint Therese of Lisieux...The Little Flower.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We visited here after driving past Lisieux and seeing it from the distance. It is an amazing sight and just shines out from its position on a hill in the town. It almost calls you in. It is well sign posted and there is free parking available. When we visited there was a sevice on but we were still allowed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

What a lovely place. The mosaics are beautiful. It is a wonderful house of God. The atmosphere is so peaceful. We attended Sunday Mass and it was full. Ever place your eye wanders is so beautiful. It reminds me of the cathedral in St. Louis, MO. The grounds are beautiful. The day we were there a concert was scheduled that... More

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Honfleur, France
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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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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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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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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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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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