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It was in this Basilica that Louis and Zélie were married, Thérèse was baptised and Zélie’s funeral was held, so of special interest to the pilgrim. Learn more…
The building is in the shape of a roman cross, in three sections: the nave with the addition of 15C side-aisles and 16C side-chapels, the great porch dating from the beginning of the 16C and the sanctuary with transepts and retro choir which were rebuilt in the middle of the 18C.
At the end of the Middle Ages gothic architecture was at its most flamboyant. The porch is a model of the style, elegant, in ‘stone lace’. As the poet said “The church is so constructed that to place the Good Lord in the most beautiful part of it, He had to be banished to the door”.
In the same way the double flying buttresses and the balustrades at the base of the roof are finely sculpted.
Renaissance stained glass windows along the nave illustrate scenes from the Old Testament on the north side, the life of the Virgin on the south side.