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The Gothic Clermont Ferrand Black Cathedral - Facts, Mass Times and History

The Gothic Clermont Ferrand Black Cathedral – Facts, Mass Times and History

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, Rue Verdier Latour, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Opening hours: from 7.45am to 12pm; and from 14h to 18h (19h from 15 June to 20 September). Visits are possible from 9am.

The Clermont Ferrand Cathedral is distinctive by its charcoal grey colour resulting from the Volvic lava stone used to build it. The interior conceals a remarkable collection of stained-glass windows and murals. Work began on current-day Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral in 1248, under the supervision of architect Jean Deschamps and of the episcopacy of Hughes de la Tour. It stands upon the site of former churches, as can be seen from the crypt.Continue Reading

Sanctuary of Our lady of Pontmain

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pontmain – Mass times, statue and website

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Basilique Notre-Dame, 53220 Rue Notre Dame, Pontmain, France

Every day: from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm

Coming to Pontmain and having the best stay: Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain On January 17th 1871, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Virgin Mary appeared in the sky of Pontmain to four children. She gave a message of prayer and hope. On February 2nd 1872, the Bishop of Laval, Monsignor Wicart, acknowledged the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Pontmain to be genuine.Continue Reading

Our Lady of Rocamadour Black Madonna in France

Our Lady of Rocamadour Black Madonna in France

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Sanctuaire de Rocamadour Paroisse, Rocamadour, France

Every day from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm

Coming to Rocamadour and having the best stay: Rocamadour, was built on a rock wall at a point were the mummified body of an old hermit was discovered. In the middle ages, people believed this was a miracle. Labeled one of the 300 “Most beautiful villages of France“, Rocamadour is a true jewel clinging to the rock wall. Registered on UNESCO‘s world heritage list as a stage on the Way of St. James.Continue Reading

Shrine of St Bernadette Soubirous of Nevers France and her incorrupt Body which has not decayed

Shrine of St Bernadette Soubirous of Nevers France and her incorrupt Body which has not decayed

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Espace Bernadette Soubirous Nevers, Rue Saint-Gildard, Nevers, France

Every day: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Coming to Nevers and having the best stay: City of Nevers with the Convent of St. Gildard where you can see the her incorrupt Body which has not decayed of St. Bernadette Soubirous, visionary from Lourdes, France St. Bernadette entered the Sisters of Charity of Nevers in 1866 as she wanted to dedicate her life to religion. She worked in the convent hospital even though she suffered illness herself including asthma and tuberculosis. St.Continue Reading

Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral

Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral – Mass times, Hours, and famous Astronomical clock

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Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Francija

Every day: From 7.00 am to 11.20 am and 12.35 pm to 7.00 pm

Coming to Strasbourg and having the best stay: Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral Notre Dame Strasbourg Cathedral or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg also known as Strasbourg Minster, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. It is widely considered to be among the finest examples of high, or late, Gothic architecture.Continue Reading

Basilica and the Tomb of St Mary Magdalene

Basilica of Mary Magdalene. Pilgrimage in the footsteps of the one who first saw the Risen One

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Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, Place de L Hôtel de ville, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, Francija

Every day 7 am - 7.30 pm, except Monday opening at 9 am.

St Mary Magdalene Allowing the pilgrims to pay a solemn homage to the one who throughout her life announced the resurrection of Christ. It is the place of mission in the Church: “Go tell your brothers that I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.” Third tomb of Christendom, the basilica of Saint-Maximin houses the relics of Saint Mary Magdalene.Continue Reading

Beauvais Cathedral of Saint Peter

Beauvais Cathedral of Saint Peter

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Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais, Rue Saint-Pierre, Beauvais, Francija

Opening hours: 10.00 am to 6:15 pm.

The Beauvais Cathedral St Pierre Cathedral in Beauvais, is a rare example of a Carolingian Cathedral, with surprising and original proportions. The 13th century Gothic chancel, like a glass cage standing proudly 48.5m high, is a sublime example of Gothic style. Various disasters which happened during construction, including the collapse of the 153 m high spire in the 16th century, have left the Beauvais Cathedral without a nave.Continue Reading

notre dame de reims cathedral

Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral

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Notre-Dame of Reims Cathedral, Place du Cardinal Luçon, Reims, Francija

Every day: from 7.30 to 19.30.

Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, the Gothic art masterpiece where the kings of France were crowned, was one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year it welcomes one million visitors. See other Catholic sites in France. History and architecture Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral was the site of the coronation of French kings.Continue Reading

Basilica of St Denis

Cathedral Basilica of St Denis – Necropolis of the kings of France

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Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, Francija

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00-17.15 (18.15 Summer) Sunday: 12.00-17.15

Basilica of St Denis Thanks to the popular veneration of Saint Denis, the Basilica of St Denis very soon linked its destiny to that of the royalty. The Basilica of St Denis became the preferred necropolis of the French monarchs, and each new dynasty continued this tradition in order to support its legitimacy.Continue Reading

Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe

Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe in Le Puy en Velay

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Rocher Saint-Michel D'Aiguilhe, Le Puy-en-Velay, Francija

February 1. to March 14: 14.00 to 17.00 March 15 to April 30: 9.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.30 May 1 to July 9: 9.00 to 18.30 July 10 to September 30: 9.00 to 18.30 October 1 to November 15: 9.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.30 Christmas time: 14.00 to 17.00

Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe Aiguilhe means “needle”, and like many lofty Christian sacred spaces, the chapel atop it is dedicated to the Archangel Michael, likely because of his propensity to appear on mountain tops and other high places. The small town of Aiguilhe nestles around the foot of Saint Michael rock. It proudly protects the entry to the village with an intricate web of alleyways.Continue Reading

Paray La Monial

Paray le Monial and The Sacred Heart Basilica

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Sanctuaires de Paray-le-Monial, Place Cardinal Perraud, Paray-le-Monial, Francija

Every day: from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Paray le Monial It was at Paray le Monial that Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), revealing to her his Heart burning with love for man. A young girl from the region, Margaret Mary entered the monastery of the Visitation in Paray le Monial in 1671. See other Catholic sites in France. She experienced numerous apparitions which were confirmed by her confessor, a Jesuit, Saint Claude La Colombière.Continue Reading