Lisieux has preserved a few fine examples of half-timbered buildings from its eventful past.
Treat yourself to an audio-guided tour to fully appreciated Lisieux’s hidden treasures and to understand the town’s history.
And why not end your stay with a trip to the Lisieux Art and History Museum, which offers an excellent overview of the town.
The Basilica dedicated to Saint Thérèse is absolutely not to be missed. It is one of the largest churches to have been built in the 20th century. The sheer beauty of its mosaic decor is sure to leave you speechless.
To complete your pilgrimage, don’t miss the Diorama, a wax museum dedicated to Saint Thérèse, the Carmel, where she is laid to rest, or the Buissonnets, Thérèse Martin’s childhood home. Just follow the blue line…
In the immediate vicinity of Lisieux, you can admire one of the most beautiful castles in Calvados: the Château de Saint Germain de Livet.
Worth a visit:
– the Basilica of Saint Thérèse
– the Château de Saint Germain de Livet, a fine example of typical Pays d’Auge architecture
– CERZA, a zoological park where the animals thrive in semi-liberty
– the many distilleries located around Lisieux
St. Peter's Cathedral in Lisieux is the parish church of St. Thérèse. It completes the Lisieux pilgrimage tour.
Of Gothic style, the construction of Lisieux cathedral began around 1170 to be completed in the 13th century.
The town of Lisieux is France's second ranking pilgrimage destination after Lourdes. Follow in the footsteps of Saint Thérèse and visit the basilica consecrated in her name.
Often compared with Montmartre, the Basilica of St. Thérèse of Lisieux looms above the town of Lisieux.
One of the highlights of the pilgrimage to Lisieux – the Maison des Buissonnets where St. Thérèse lived till the age of 15.
During your visit, you will discover the story and the life of St. Thérèse, of her parents the Saints Louis and Zélie Martin and of her sisters.
Located right next to the Basilica of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Diorama is a museum devoted to the life of St. Thérèse.
Composed of life-size wax statues, the museum presents 11 major scenes from the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.