‘‘Because of its central geographical position, Lisieux is an ideal
holiday spot for exploring Normandy and the Pays d’Auge".
the beginning of the 20th century, Lisieux is world famous due to
Saint Thérèse, a young Carmelite who died in 1897 at the age of 24, leaving
behind a universal message. Her memoirs, “History of a Soul”, translated into
more than 60 languages, are a hymn in praise of God’s love that shows each
person the path to saintliness.
In the following years, Thérèse, canonised in 1925, was proclaimed Patron of missions
and Co-Patron of France. In 1997, Pope Jean-Paul II declared her Doctor of the
Church. After the beatification of her parents in October 2008, Louis and Zélie
Martin rest in a reliquary in the Basilica’s crypt.
Because of its central geographical position, Lisieux is an ideal holiday spot for exploring Normandy
and the Pays d’Auge, with its famous mansions and its gastronomic delights.
is available in Lisieux, in hotels or in pilgrim reception centres.
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