You can't help thinking that the building of the Basilica in the 20th century directed much of the tourist income away from this cathedral which appears badly in need of it although it is well worth a visit. There are free paper leaflets/guides in English which point out the various paintings and sculptures and the confessional which St Therese used. It is a very peaceful cathedral and you can take your time wandering around. Don't miss the altar which St Therese's father donated after her death and the window with the upside down crucifixion of St Peter. We were unable to visit the chapel behind the altar as it was obvious a funeral was about to take place so we put away the camera and quietly made our exit out of the west door. If you are in Lisieux this cathedral is well worth visiting. It's just a pity that they didn't have an appeal/donation box near the entrance and perhaps they should charge 2 euros (like they do in the Basilica) instead of 1 euro for the votive candles.
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