Inside the Basilica of Saint SixtusInside the Basilica of Saint Sixtus
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A small village with grandiose architecture

Walk in the footsteps of Jean-Marie Vianney and discover the heritage he left behind or imagined. Did you know that this modest parish priest had his original church, now the Basilique Saint Sixte, enlarged by Pierre Marie Bossan, the architect of Fourvière in Lyon? In fact, they look very similar, don’t they?

The Andinese Fourvière

The breathtaking Basilica of Saint Sixtus dominates the village… admire this treasure!

Monumental nugget in a small village

You’ll be surprised by its size, intrigued by its original structure and by the colorful interplay of materials: the green of the cupola roofs, the brick red of the bell tower, the white and ochre of the stone. All this heralds the rich polychromy of the interior. Harmonious lines, magnificence and elegance!

Surprises in every corner of the village

Continue your stroll through this peaceful village. Visit the Maison du Saint Curé, which has remained unchanged since his death, a typical Dombist adobe house with period furnishings.

As you leave the house, at the bend in the lane, you’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of the Chapelle du Cœur, raised in 1930 and housing the relic of the heart of the Saint Curé d’Ars.


An architectural feat

Then take an elliptical staircase and step inside the remarkable and surprising Église Notre Dame de la Miséricorde, built in 1959 by architect Pierre Pinsard. This semi-subterranean church, built to resemble a large concrete vessel, will captivate you with its majestic interior.

It is reserved for large-scale events such as:

The church is also used as a meeting place.

Sunday morning Masses at 11am, festive Masses at Easter and Christmas,

Ordinations of seminarians studying at the John Paul II seminary in Ars

The mass celebrated on August 4 to mark the anniversary of the death of the Curé d’Ars, also broadcast in the meadow.