Departing from Caen-Ouistreham, basilica of Lisieux, castle of Champ de Bataille, back to Caen-Ouistreham (11 hours)



  • The Ste-Therese basilica of Lisieux in the Calvados department (14), in Normandy

    Photo : ©

  • The private castle of Champ de Bataille in the Eure (27), Normandy



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Cities belonging to the ComCom of Caen - 14000 :

14210 Baron-sur-Odon, 14760 Bretteville-sur-Odon, 14650 Carpiquet, 14460 Colombelles, 14123 Cormelles-le-Royal, 14840 Cuverville, 14840 Demouville, 14610 Epron, 14123 Fleury-sur-Orne, 14790 Fontaine-Etoupefour, 14730 Giberville, 14200 Herouville-Saint-Clair, 14120 Mondeville, 14210 Mondrainville, 14790 Mouen, 14980 Rots, 14280 Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, 14210 Tourville-sur-Odon, 14790 Verson.


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We will leave Caen by the east and take the direction of Lisieux, still in the department of Calvados (14). Visit of the basilica Sainte-Therese and the cathedral Saint-Pierre. Better to do the opposite, because even if it is a nice cathedral, it can't compete with the basilica ! !  You can also plan to have your lunch break in Lisieux, city rich in restaurants, but not a gourmet lunch (longer than 90 minutes ! ), because of nearly an hour drive to reach Champ de Bataille for the opening of the gates.

The private Castle of Champ de Bataille is in the next department of Eure (27). The optimised discovery tour in transport time is shown here under.


Optimised circuit in private vehicle with English speaking driver departing from Caen to discover the Basilica of Lisieux and the Castle of Champ de Bataille Illustration : © Google Maps



The Ste-Therese basilica of Lisieux, in the Calvados department (14)

The Ste-Therese basilica of Lisieux, in the Calvados department (14)

Photo opposite : ©





After an initial architectural project deemed "too small" compared to the notoriety of Sainte-Therese at the time, both in France and abroad, but especially abroad, proof that the notoriety of Sainte-Therese had largely crossed the oceans, a second project is set on track with the asserted support of the pope in place, who had just canonized her : Pope Pius XI. Always with Monseigneur Lemonnier as local pilot of the project.

It is a French architect from the Nord department with an established international reputation who is in charge for the second project. Known as much for his civil constructions as for his restorations of religious buildings, following conflicts or not, Louis Marie Cordonnier submits a basilica project in reinforced concrete and granite which is generally inspired by the Sacre Cœur (Sacred Heart) in Paris.

In September 1927, Monseigneur Lemonnier approved the Cordonnier project and his successor a few months later, Monseigneur Suhard, did not question it and would continue to carry it.

The earthworks began at the beginning of 1929 and in September of the same year, they were sufficiently advanced for the laying of the foundation stone to take place.

Projet area : 4 500 m² or 48 438 square feet

Height of the central dome : 90 m or 295 feet

Length of the basilica : 104 m or 341 feet.

Special feature : no inner column obstructs the view of the 3000 pilgrims on the sanctuary.


For memory :

Area of Notre-Dame de Paris : 6 000 m² or 64 583 square feet

Height under roof of the central nave of the abbey church of Fecamp and Notre-Dame in Paris : 40 and 43 m / 131 and 141 feet

Abbey of Fecamp and Notre-Dame de Paris : 127 m / 417 feet of length

Respective width of the two aforementioned : 20 and 48 m or 66 and 157 feet.

Capacity : 9 000 people for Notre-Dame of Paris ; unknown for Fecamp.

On July 11, 1937, Cardinal Pacelli (future Pope Pius XII) pronounced the solemn blessing of the Basilica.


To learn more about the Sainte-Therese Basilica, please follow here under Tag.




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The Castle of Champ de Bataille of Sainte-Opportune du Bosc in the Eure department (27)

The Castle of Champ de Bataille of Sainte-Opportune du Bosc in the Eure department (27)

Photo : © Eric Sander


The Castle of Champ de Bataille is one of the most imposing castles built in France in the 17th century. Built by a banished from the royal court by Cardinal Mazarin for treason, the Count of Crequi-Bernieulles, this castle was supposed to remind him of the splendors of the Court that he would never know again. The works lasted 12 years (1653-1665). The only plans that have survived through time are those of part of the gardens, plans attributed to Le Notre.

In the absence of office at the royal court, the Count of Crequi-Bernieulles died in debt in 1702, without direct descendants. The castle AND the debts fall to his nephew who resells it for the first time. After several owners, it fell in 1754 to the d'Harcourt family and more precisely to the Duke of Beuvron. He undertook major restoration work and made it his main home. By repurchase of dismemberments during successions, the Duke brings the area of the property to 1,400 hectares ! This castle will remain in the family until the French Revolution, during which time it will be looted and vandalized, the Duke of Beuvron having had to flee to the North to ensure his safety.

On the death of the Duke of Beuvron in 1797, another period began with multiple owners and a new period of decay began. It will not end until... Follow the tag here under to read more about this castle.


Have a good walk through the 50 km of paths traced through the park !



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The departure from the Castle of Champ de Bataille will take place at the latest when the gates are closed, except for Ferry Passengers who have a specific return schedule to the ferry terminal in Ouistreham. It takes about 90 mn by road to reach Caen, about 115 mn to reach Ouistreham Ferry Terminal, outside summer time ( in general mid july / end of August).



The castle of Champ de Bataille closes end of October till mid April every year !



What is included in the price: :

- The different waiting times during the visits and the lunch break within the overall package. You can leave your stuff in the vehicle without fear. Or take them back according to your needs throughout the day. The driver does not leave the vehicle.

- Return to your starting point or any other point in the departure city, as you wish.

- the rental of vehicle (s) according to specified category,

- road expenses,

- the driver guide,

- individual water bottles,

- VAT.



What is not included in the price :



Additional Information :

Link for rates in private castle of Champ de Bataille : 31 € / adult ( 16 +) - reduced rate between 12 and 16 - free for less than 12
Remark : you can not buy a ticket for the castle only. This is why the visit of the castle occupies the whole afternoon. No one regret later...



Link to the webpage of the basilica.

Link to the webpage of the Carmel in English. If you wish to place a booking for a visit, please switch to the French page version. At the bottom of the French version, you will find the contact details on top of the phone number that is only mentioned on the English version.


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