France Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

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The Basilica of Our Lady (French: Basilique Notre-Dame de l'Immaculée Conception) of Boulogne-sur-Mer was built in the nineteenth century on the ruins of the medieval cathedral. The church building was recognized as a basilica minor in 1879. The crypt of this basilica is one of the largest in France. The basilica was protected as a Monument historique in 1982.

The style can be described as neo-classical and neo-renaissance. The church consists of two parts, the round basilica part and connected to it the nave built as a cross church.

The tambour is made up of columns and windows through which daylight penetrates unobstructed, the highest point of the dome, the lantern, is 101 meters high. The cross church with a double nave, a protruding transept merges into the circumference of the dome. The ceiling is a barrel vault supported by the walls of the first aisles.

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