St. Thérèse of Lisieux is among the most emblematic historic figures from Calvados.

Born in Alençon, in Orne, Thérèse decided to join the Carmel in Lisieux at the age of 15, to devote her life to God.

Simply follow the blue line through Lisieux; it will take you to the various places of worship and sites that relate the life of St. Thérèse.
– the Carmel chapel
– Lisieux Cathedral, which houses many features in memory of St. Thérèse
– the Basilica of St. Thérèse, consecrated in 1954
– her childhood home: Les Buissonnets
– the diorama, a wax museum depicting scenes from the life of St. Thérèse

Every year, from late September to early October, the town of Lisieux pays tribute to her over the Fêtes Thérésiennes.

Sites that relate the life of St. Thérèse

Visit the Carmel of Lisieux, the chapel in particular, where Saint Thérèse chose to retreat.
Follow in Saint Thérèse's footsteps in Lisieux, in the heart of Normandy.


Saint-Pierre Cathedral

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.


Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse

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.


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