Avioth Basilica

Avioth, France

Avioth has been a place of pilgrimage since the early 12th century and it was this that led to the building of the vast Church of Our Lady of Avioth. It is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture, dating from the second half of the 13th century, and is often described as 'lacework in stone'. It is famous for its Recevresse, a unique work of Gothic art. We know it used to receive offerings from the pilgrims, but the reason for its construction remains uncertain.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Paulus “Quesjer” den Boer (2 years ago)
Beautifull basiliek, but needs care as well!
Serge Laffont (3 years ago)
It's the basilique located in the smallest place in France. Very interesting outside and inside. It's an open church. A lot of ex votos inside.
Robin Jensen (3 years ago)
Not as big and impressive as I expected, but very worth a visit and very quaint village
Elizabeth F (5 years ago)
A beautiful hidden gem in the north of france. A basilique of the 13th century in a village of 150 of population and with very kind people around ready to offer their knowledge on the place. Don’t forget to visit the bookstore in front of the basilique it has french and english books and very olde editions.
Joris Pasgang (5 years ago)
Definitely a must see if you're in the area. However, it is located in a tiny and sleepy village, so make sure to bring a snack and a drink of your own if you're visiting outside of the opening hours of the local diners. Also a great starting point for walks through the surrounding countryside.
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