THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN GREAT PLACES


Notre-Dame in Paris, Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, and Chartres will all welcome you.
The great pilgrimages: Auray, in the Morbihan with its basilica dedicated to Sainte-Anne. Lisieux, dedicated to Sainte Threse de l'enfant Jesus whose bady is laid to rest in the chapel of the Carmelites. Lourdes, one of the world's principal centres of spirituality, is a meeting place for sick people and believers of all nationalities. It was here, in the Grotto of Massabielle that Bemadette Soubirous saw the Virgin; other places of prayer, the Route of the Calvary and the underground basilica of Rosaire. In Nevers, the body of Bernadette Soubirous was laid to rest in the convent of Saint-Gildard; there is spiritual reflection particularly on the 11th and 18th February. At Paray-le-Monial, the Coeur de Jesus pilgrimage can be traced back ta the apparitions of 1672 to Sainte Marguerite-Marie. The Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary in Puy-en-Velais (Haute Loire) dates from the 10th century; visitors usually come on the 25th March, during Holy Week and on 15th August. Rocamadour (Lot), famous for its pilgrimage along the Route of Saint James of Compostelle, still today has its ardent followers.

One of the finest monuments in the world in Chartres

The cathedral of Chartres, overlooking the plain of la Beauce, "the bible of stone", dominates the whole horizon. In the town this cathedral forms a superb medieval structure. In its interior, the magic of light gives life to its numerous stained glass windows.. the art of the master stained glass window artists has reached its zenith here.


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