The Martin family home - birthplace of Saint Thérèse


The birthplace of Saint Thérèse - the house of her sainted parents Louis and Zélie - is open to visitors, giving an authentic look at how life was in those times. The guided tour follows the lives of the Martin family - Saints Louis and Zélie, Saint Thérèse de Lisieux and her sisters - through 5 locations around Alençon: the hall, with its historic gallery, the exhibition of personal items, the auditorium, the house and the chapel. A film based on family correspondence shows us family life in Alençon where she lived between 1871 and 1877.
The setting recreates the atmosphere and youth of the young saint. The chapel celebrates Sainte Thérèse in sculpture and frescoes and opens into the room where Thérèse was born. It was also here that Saint Zélie drew her final breath. The tour ends with the shop and welcome area. There is a lift to the first floor and the chapel.
Audio-guided tour.
The chapel is open every day from 8am to 6pm.
Contact details

The Martin family home - birthplace of Saint Thérèse

Sanctuaire d'Alençon50 rue Saint Blaise


Phone : 02 33 26 09 87


Base rate - full rate adult From 5 €
Means of payment

Postal or bank cheques






Sound and Light


Guided tour

Educational visits

Covered picnic area


Visite guidées en permanence - yes
Visite guidées sur demande - yes
Average time90 minutes90 minutes
Further informationaudio guided tour -


Groups acccepted
Minimum number of people 20
Maximum number of people 50
En 1873 naissait à Alençon Thérèse Martin, décédée au Carmel de Lisieux en 1897, béatifiée en 1923 et canonisées en 1925. Sainte Thérèse est plus connue sous le nom de sa ville d'adoption que de sa ville d'origine où s'est forgée sa personnalité à la fois complexe et vigoureuse (Extrait du guide de l'Orne et du Perche de Jean Pelatan)

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