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Lisieux [3] is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes). Pilgrims come to venerate and seek the intercession of St Thérèse Martin (also known as St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports to Lisieux are Deauville-St Gatien [4] (served by Ryanair flights from London Stansted Airport and Régional flights from Montpellier), Le Havre-Octeville [5] (served by Chalair flights from Lyon) and Caen-Carpiquet [6] (served by Airlinair flights from Paris Orly Airport and Air France flights from Figari, Lyon and Nice).

A taxi from Deauville-St Gatien Airport to Lisieux costs around 50€; a taxi from Le Havre-Octeville Airport to Lisieux costs around 110€; a taxi from Caen-Carpiquet Airport to Lisieux costs around 100€. (See below for a list of taxi companies)

By ferry[edit]

The nearest ports to Lisieux are Le Havre (served by LD Lines from Portsmouth) and Caen (served by Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth).

A taxi from Le Havre ferry terminal to Lisieux costs around 100€, while a taxi from Caen (Ouistreham) ferry terminal to Lisieux costs around 115€. (See below for a list of taxi companies)

Alternatively, it is possible to take bus 50 (operated by Bus Verts [7]) from Le Havre railway station (around 20 minutes' walk from Le Havre ferry terminal) to Lisieux town centre (bus stop next to the Cathedral) or Lisieux railway station. A one-way ticket costs 9,05€ (adult) or 7,70€ (youth under 26). On weekdays, there are up to 2 buses every day, while on weekends, there is 1 bus every day.

By train[edit]

SNCF operates direct trains to Lisieux from Paris, Caen, Cherbourg, Deauville and Rouen.

By taxi[edit]

Lisieux taxi companies:

  • Radio Taxi Lisieux (operated by Mr Daniel Legoupil) [8], telephone 02 31 62 63 00 or 06 61 59 34 22
  • AAIP' Taxi (operated by P. Fouesneau) [9], telephone 02 31 31 02 02, e-mail: [email protected]
  • Abbeilles Taxis Lisieux, telephone 02 31 31 23 23
  • Mr Dominic Vasset, telephone 02 31 31 07 07
  • Taxi Malfilâtre, telephone 02 31 62 00 57
  • Taxis (station), telephone 02 31 62 00 69


By car[edit]

Vehicle hire companies in Lisieux:

  • AB Car Autolocation (24 rue Fournet), telephone 02 31 62 25 17
  • ADA Location (7 avenue Ste Thérèse), telephone 02 31 31 60 61
  • AVIS (SNCF railway station), telephone 02 31 31 71 54
  • Renault Rent MSA (rue Paul Cornu), telephone 02 31 32 44 37
  • Régis Location (rue Nadar), telephone 02 31 32 09 18
  • Mary Location (La Briqueterie), telephone 0825 014 050

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The Cathedral was built in 1929 after St Thérèse was canonised in 1925. The dome of the Basilica is open during July and August between 2pm and 5:30pm.

Cathedral of St Peter[edit]

The Gothic style cathedral is situated in the centre of the town and was built at the end of the 12th century.

St Thérèse made her first confession in the first side chapel on the left inside the cathedral. St Thérèse's father, Blessed Louis Martin, donated the white marble high altar in 1888. Before entering the Carmel, St Thérèse attended Mass every day inside the chapel at the top of the ambulatory (it was here that St Thérèse prayed for the repentence of Pranzini, a notorious murderer who was sentenced to death).

Les Buissonnets[edit]

St Thérèse lived in this house (which literally means 'The Thicket' or 'The Bushes') for eleven years.

The Carmel[edit]

St Thérèse lived here for 9 years between the age of 15 and 24. There is a museum (the 'parcours St Thérèsien') explaining the life of St Thérèse. Next to the museum is a chapel, and in the side chapel, there is a reliquary.

Guided tours[edit]

It is possible to join a guided tour of the above sights by contacting the Welcome Service ('Service d'Accueil') of the Sanctuary of Lisieux by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 02 31 48 55 08 (0033 231485508 when phoning from abroad), or the Youth Service ('Accueil Jeunes') by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 02 31 48 55 09 (0033 231485509 when phoning from abroad). For more information about what the Welcome Service offer, visit [13]; for what the Youth Service offers, visit [14].

Visit the website of the Sanctuary of Lisieux [15] for more information about visiting the above sights.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The Sanctuary of Lisieux offers accommodation to pilgrims at the two following locations:

  • Ermitage Sainte Thérèse, 23 rue du Carmel, 02 31 48 55 10 (0033 231485510 from abroad) (), [1].  edit
  • Foyer Louis and Zélie Martin, 15 avenue Sainte Thérèse, 02 31 62 09 33 (0033 231620933 from abroad) (), [2].  edit

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