Basilique Notre-Dame de l'Épine

The Church of Our Lady of the Thorn takes its name from the devotion given to a statue of the Virgin holding the Child Jesus. According to a legend known in the seventeenth century and has evolved then was found by shepherds in the Middle Ages in a thorn bush fire.

Dimensions of the basilica cathedral is Gothic, the façade has three portals and is crowned with two arrows. The right 55 meters, the left was leveled in 1798 to allow the installation of a telegraph Chappe, it was rebuilt in 1868. It has remarkable gargoyles.

Inside, you can see a gallery of the late fifteenth century with the arcade right houses the statue of the virgin who is behind the fame of this basilica. Notre-Dame was a historic monument in 1840. Notre-Dame de L'Epine has always struck travelers and inspired writers, especially Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Paul Claudel, Paul Fort.


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