2. Notre-Dame Basilica
Alençon’s main place of worship was elevated from a church to a basilica in 2009 and dates from 1356, when the first stone was laid.
Most of the building is in the flamboyant Gothic style, and the nave has some marvellous stained glass windows from 1530. After a fire the bell-tower and choir had to be rebuilt in the 1700s and it’s intriguing to see how they blend with the rest of the building.
For Catholics there’s an extra incentive to drop in as this the place where Sainte Thérèse was baptised in 1873. We’ll come to her next.