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Ars Basilica

Historic site and monument, Religious heritage, Basilica, Chapel, Bell tower, Church, Organ, Religious site, Classified, Roman, 12th C, 19th C in Ars-sur-Formans
  • Gaze at Saint-Sixte Basilica where St. John Vianney is laid to rest. The building is listed as a Monument Historique and was built by Pierre-Marie Bossan who also built Lyon's Fourvière Basilica. Its sea green domes are typical of Neo-Byzantine style.

  • 350,000 pilgrims from around the world stop in the village of Ars every year for a spiritual or tourist break.
    Pope John Paul II visited in October 1986.

    The basilica is built on the site of a 12th century Roman church and was expanded in 1862.

    The building's originality, height and wonderful painted interior will take your breath away.
    Photo credits inside the dome of the basilica: ©Sanctuary of Ars
    Photo credits Basilica : © Mairie d'Ars
  • Spoken languages
    • German
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Italian
  • Equipment
    • Picnic area
    • Toilets
    • Car park
    • Coach parking
  • Services
    • Coach access
    • Cash point
  • Rates
    Guided tour for the general public and groups: please contact Tourist Information for rates.