Catholic Churches, Shrines and Sites of Interest in France

 

The rich Catholic history of France is reflected in the many shrines throughout the country. Known as Gaul during the time of Roman rule, Christianity came to France in the early 2nd Century and took root despite persecution. Much of the great architecture and learning of the middle ages took place in France under the auspices of the Catholic Church. The French revolution unfortunately brought much of that to a halt with the desecration of churches, execution of priests and religious and general disdain for all things that pertained to the Catholic Church. It was allegedly the “age of reason” that saw no place for belief in God.

Fortunately, once that madness passed, many churches were restored to their natural beauty or else re-built. Today many of them reflect the original beauty that they possessed before the revolution.  And, despite what you might think, there is a growing traditionalist trend among Catholics in France, especially among young Catholics.

France is the most-visited country in Europe for foreign tourists.

And France is both geographically beautiful and diverse-a country, roughly the size of Texas. Traveling through the countryside you will find quaint villages, vineyards, the majestic French Alps, the Pyrenees mountains, the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic as well as the sunlit beaches of the Mediterranean. You will find each region of France offers its own special attractions for Catholic travelers both for organized groups and independent travelers.

And most of these locations offer special festivals and feast day celebrations throughout the year.

Here are just a few of the many sites of interest to Catholics:

Amiens: Cathedral of Notre Dame de Amiens & head of John the Baptist

Annecy: Basilica of the Visitation (relics of St. Francis de Sales & St. Jane de Chantal)

Ars: Saint John Vianney

Avignon: Papal Residence and home to a Eucharistic Miracle

Bar-sur-Seine: Our Lady of the Oak

Bordeaux: Route of St. James, burial site of Fr. William Joseph Chaminade

Chartres: Chartres Cathedral

Chateauneuf-de-Galaure: The Home of Venerable Marthe Robin

Colmar: The Unterlinden Museum

Conques: The Abbey of Saint Foy

Contignac: Our Lady of Graces & Monastery of Saint Joseph

Corsica: Our Lady of Mercy

Dijon: Our Lady of Hope

La Garde Freinet: Our Lady of Miremer

La Louvesc: Basilica of Saint Francis Regis

LaSalette: Apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette

Laus: Our Lady of Laus

Le Barroux: Abbey of Saint Madeleine

Le Plan-d’Aups-Ste. Baume: Saint Mary Magdaline

Le Puy: Sanctuary of Our Lady of Le Puy

L’Ile-Bouchard: Apparitions of Our Lady of Prayer (Marte Robin)

Lisieux: St. Therese of Lisieux

Lourdes: Saint Bernadette & Our Lady of Lourdes

Lyon: Our Lady of Fourviere

Marseille: Our Lady of the Guard & the Abbey of Saint Victor

Mont St. Michel: Saint Michael’s Mountain

Montfort sur Meu: Birthplace of St. Louis de Montfort

Nevers: Incorrupt body of Saint Bernadette

Noirtable: Notre-Dame de l’Hermitage

Normandy Coast: D-Day beaches, American Cemetery

Orcival: Baslica of Our Lady of Orcival

Paray le Monial: Saint Mary Margaret Alacoque

 

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Pellevoison: Our Lady of Mercy and the White Scapular

Pontigny:  Pontigny Cistercian Abbey

Pontmain: Our Lady of Pontmain

Roc Amadour: Our Lady of Roc Amadour

Rouen: Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Anne d’Auray: Basilica of Saint Anne

Saint-Laurent sur Severes: St. Louis de Montfort & Blessed Marie Louise Trichet

Saint Maximin-le-Sainte-Baume  Shrine of St, Mary Magdeline

Tarascon: The Collegiate Church of Saint Martha & The Abbey of Saint Michael of Frigolet

Toulouse: The Jacobin Convent & Tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas

Tours: Saint Martin of Tours

Verdelaise: Basilica of Our Lady of the Afflicted

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