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Spirituality

Spirituality

The Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse is the essential place to visit during a pilgrimage to Lisieux. Begun in 1929 and consecrated in 1954, the Basilica of Lisieux is the largest church built in France in the 20th century and it is the second most important place of pilgrimage in France after that of Lourdes. It is in this church which dominates the city that we find the relics of Saint-Thérèse and of her parents, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin (in the crypt). In downtown Lisieux, pilgrims and tourists can also visit Les Buissonnets, the childhood home of Sainte-Thérèse; Carmel, its former convent and Saint-Pierre Cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in Normandy and former parish of Sainte-Thérèse. The Wax Museum dedicated to the life of Sainte-Thérèse also provides an opportunity to discuss her fabulous history.