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The family home

and St. Therese’s birthplace



Welcome to the Louis and Zelie Martin's home and St. Therese’s birthplace

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Saint Blaise street, at Alençon
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This is the house where blessed Louis and Zélie Martin lived and St Thérèse was born. Learn more

 

The Martin family home pays tribute to the exemplary and exceptional life of this Alençon family. A chapel was built in 1925. Learn more

 

There are six stages to the visit:

The house itself with, on the ground floor, the kitchen, dining room and study.

 

The staircase, which had such an effect on Thérèse’s spirituality, leads to the sitting room and the girls’ bedroom, and, visible from the chapel, the bedroom where St Thérèse was born and Zélie died.

 

The first floor: The girls’ bedroom with the statue of the ‘smiling Virgin’ was where the family prayers were said. The parents’ bedroom where St Thérèse was born opens onto the chapel.

 

The chapel has frescos and sculptures relating to St Thérèse, and the reliquary of the Martin parents and St Thérèse. Through an opening in the wall you can look into the parents’ bedroom where St Thérèse was born and Zélie died.

 

The entrance area provides information about the family’s background and origins, the context of their life in Alençon, with pictures of places they frequented and people they knew, and a frieze depicting the principal events of their life in Alençon. From this area you can see the garden where the girls used to play.

 

The gallery offers a more intimate look at the family with various personal objects which belonged to the parents and their daughters: the wedding ring and medallion, the girls’ dolls, Louis Martin’s tools and fishing tackle, Zélie’s lace-making material, rosary and shawl…

 

A small cinema shows a film based on extracts from Louis and Zélie’s letters which gives us an insight into the family’s daily and spiritual life, with its worries, its joys, its sorrows and its preoccupations. (20 minutes, with translation in several languages).

 

The shop has books, magazines, post cards and devotional items for sale which will keep the memory of your visit to Alençon alive, and help you to get to know the blessed Martin family even better.

 

The little sisters of St Thérèse of Imola, and a team of volunteers will be on hand to welcome you..

 

Contacts

Address:

48-50 rue Saint-Blaise

61000 ALENCON

 

Tel: 02 33 26 09 87

 

Email: click here

 

Practical information

Opening hours:

 

3 February – 31 March 

10- 12; 2-5 

Closed on Mondays and on sunday morning

 

1 April – 31 October 

9.30-12; 2-6

Open every day, except sunday morning

 

1 November – 31 December  

10-12; 2-5

Closed on Mondays and on sunday morning

 

Tariffs: Donations are welcomed from individuals; a charge is made for groups. The Martin family house is dependent on contributions from visitors and pilgrims for the upkeep of the house and to ensure an appropriate level of welcome. Please give generously!

 

 

 

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The sisters and the welcome team