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Cathedrale Notre Dame, Lausanne: 14 reviews and 35 photos

  Basilique Notre-Dame du Valentin
by Zvrlj

Basilique Notre-Dame du Valentin is the first Catholic church built in Lausanne after the Reformation. The Catholic community of Lausanne was founded in 1792 by Baroness Eleonore d'Olcah; 40 years later – in 1832, the architect Henri Perregaux directed the construction of a new church building. Nowadays it is the largest of the ten Catholic churches in the city. Its neoclassical element is predominant. In 1932, work began to restore and enlarge the church under the direction of architect Fernand Dumas, who designed a monumental staircase, a peristyle and a 38 m high steeple. In 1992, it was elevated to a basilica by Pope John Paul II.

Interior of Notre-Dame du Valentin is dominated by monumental and very odd fresco representing Mary Mother of God with Baby Jesus, painted in 1934 or 1935* by Italian Gino Severini. Another precious artifact treasured in the church is the 15th century painted wood sculpture called Notre-Dame du Lausanne.

* On the Official site of the city of Lausanne is stated that Gino Severini created his monumental fresco in 1934. All the other sources give the year 1935 as the one in which the artist painted the fresco.

Address: Rue du Valentin 3, Lausanne
Directions: The church is located in Rue du Valentin, very near Place Riponne.
Phone: +41 21 3188200

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 18, 2010
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