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Cathedrale Saint Pierre Lieieux, Lisieux
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Cathedrale Saint Pierre Lieieux is a rare monument which survived the 1944 allied bombardment. Even though the cathedral has been around since the 6th century, the church we see today must have been constructed between 1160 and 1230 by Bishop Arnoul.

From the outset, the architect designed quadripartite rib vaults and flying buttresses, making it one of Normandy’s first gothic buildings. The nave is fairly austere and is inspired by the Gothic style of the Île de France whereas the most recent parts of the building were constructed in the 18th century (the chevet, the lantern tower and the western façade) in Norman style.

It is wrongly claimed that Henry, the Count of Anjou, the Duke of Normandy and the future king of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine at the cathedral in 1152. Having been involved in the trial of Joan of Arc, Pierre Cauchon was in fact named as Bishop of Lisieux in 1432 and is buried there. By using our Lisieux trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Cathedrale Saint Pierre Lieieux and other attractions in Lisieux.
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  • As many Cathedral, that of lisieux is to my taste very nice, feels well and she is filled with a captivating atmosphere, there are beautiful concert from time to time (gospel / organ...) To visit it is a must as well as the Basilica of lisieux
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  • We expected a more "spectacular" monument. The Basilica Sainte Thérèse probably made him "from the shadows".
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  • The entrance is via the town square , the sheer size of this old , tired , cold Cathedral is amazing. Entry is free but there is a donation box . There are some lovely large paintings and the explanat...  more »
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  • Much more beautiful than the Basilica but unfortunately in very bad condition
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  • Lovely
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  • Place of confirmation and commitment of faith at the origin of the path of Holiness of Saint Theresa of the child jesus and the Holy face. Much more important spiritually than the Basilica built after the death of Sainte Thérèse, in my very humble opinion.
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  • Splendid place of st Thérèse, the crypt to see absolutely. Panoramic view to cut the breath
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  • Magnificent monument!
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