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Catholic Shrines & Sites in France: Paris, Ars, Lourdes, LaSalette, Lisieux & many more
The rich Catholic history of France is reflected in the many shrines throughout the country. Known as Gaul during the time of Roman rule, Christianity came to France in the early 2nd Century and took root despite persecution. Much of the great architecture and learning of the middle ages took place in France under the auspices of the Catholic Church. The French revolution unfortunately brought much of that to a halt with the desecration of churches, execution of priests and religious and general disdain for all things that pertained to the Catholic Church. It was allegedly the "age of reason" that saw no place for belief in God.
Fortunately, once that madness passed, many churches were restored to their natural beauty or else re-built. Today many of them reflect the original beauty that they possessed before the revolution. France is the most-visited country in Europe for foreign tourists.
And France is both geographically beautiful and diverse-a country, roughly the size of Texas. Traveling through the countryside you will find quaint villages, vineyards, the majestic French Alps, the Pyrenees mountains, the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic as well as the sunlit beaches of the Mediterranean. You will find each region of France offers its own special attractions for Catholic travelers both for organized groups and independent travelers.