Friday, 1 August 2008

The Carmel and Cathedral of Lisieux

Lisieux as a town is not particularly impressive, as it was virtually flattened in World War II by the D-Day invasion of Normandy, and has been largely rebuilt in modern style. The Carmel and the Cathedral remain. However both are examples of liberal French Novus Ordo Catholicism. The community no longer keep the strict enclosure and wear short modern habits, while their chapel has well and truly been wreckovated, as you can see below:

The Carmel chapel

The Carmel exterior

Shrine to Ste. Therese

The cathedral of St. Pierre is fairly small and seems almost English in feel and appearance. But like so many French cathedrals, it has an air of neglect.

Cathedral interior

West end

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