Believer or not, you will have several reasons to push the doors of the basilica this Saturday.
The first one ? It is rare for the building to be open to the public at night. The second ? You will be able to discover the basilica in a different light… in this case at night, and with 400 candles (and not 36). Finally, the wandering, guided or not, according to your wishes, will be done to the rhythm of songs, readings and background music.
It is a national event on the initiative of the clergy to open the churches by associating the historical, aesthetic, architectural side with spirituality.
“explains Bernard Delaire, member of the Friends of the Basilica association. ”
It is a building that lives, that works, many come to the basilica but not necessarily to prayrecognizes Father Profit, master of the place. The goal is to nourish the spirit.
Three guided tours
Throughout the evening, texts and songs will be read and performed. They will adapt to the lighting which will reign in the building, natural at the beginning, then with the candle from 22 hours.
At 9 p.m., the sunlight reflects on the stained glass windows which become extremely luminous and give a blue light to the basilicacontinues Bernard Delaire. Then from 10 p.m., we will install a completely different atmosphere by lighting 400 candles which will create a more meditative atmosphere, with softer songs.
Three 25-minute guided tours will be offered, without the need to register in advance. The first at 9:30 p.m. to discover the stained glass windows and the painting Lamentation. The second at 10:10 p.m. at the baptismal font and the Tree of Jesse. The third at 10:45 p.m. in the crypt and the Marian chapel.
This last visit is carried out by the light of torches. And to the sound of the organ, on which the organist Francis Crépin will play.
Saturday July 2 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission.
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