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One of the largest basilicas of the 20th century
Following the canonization of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus in Lisieux (1925), the influx of pilgrims prompted the authorities to initiate the construction of a basilica with the support of Pope Pius XI. Louis-Marie Cordonnier's project in Romano-Byzantine style was selected, and work lasted from 1929 to 1954. In a style reminiscent of the Sacré-Cœur in Paris, it can accommodate nearly 3,000 people and remains one of the largest basilicas built in the 20th century.
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