"Bois Chenu Basilica where you hear voices ?" Domrémy-la-Pucelle Things to Do Tip by kokoryko
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Le Bois Chenu (could be translated in oak wood, but also old wood, or bald wood. . . ) is the place where Jeanne went at night to listen to the Angels, and in the nineteenth century a chapel (now a basilica) has been erected there.
You can see this basilica from far at the feet of a woods covered hill (picture 1); it is a rather modest church where the slim bell tower dominates the area (picture 2).
When you arrive at the basilica, you are welcomed by the “accueil du pelerin” (the pilgrim’s welcome) (picture 3), a restaurant which was crowded with pilgrims (probably), which has also a souvenir shop, but I did not spend time there.
You noticed the statue of Jeanne in the previous picture, and there are more of her or her family, like this one (picture 4), representing her father.
Take a walk around the basilica, and you will find a strange cemetery (picture 5) where the priests and other people who had served in the basilica have their tombs. Some people say they feel the “holy” spirit of the place, but I must be unsensitive, in some way, I did not feel it. . . . . I found more interesting to visit the basilica inside (Next tip).
Directions: Two kilometres south of the village; follow a small road on the left bank of the Meuse.
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