Ars, a small village in the Dombes, has just 1,300 inhabitants, yet receives over 500,000 pilgrims and tourists, many of whom are from overseas. For more than 41 years, crowds flocked to see or hear the Holy Curé d’Ars and receive the Lord’s blessing. Pope Jean-Paul II visited Ars in 1986.
For the visit:
- The Saint’s House, preserved in its original condition
- St Philomene’s Basilisc, where you can visit the Holy Curé’s casket
- The Heart Chapel, which has the Holy Curé’s heart reliquary
- The Meeting Monument, which represents the Holy Curé’s arrival in Ars in 1818 and his meeting with the young shepherd
- Notre Dame de la Miséricorde, constructed for the 100th anniversary of the Saint’s death
- The Grévin Museum, tells the Holy Curé’s life story through 17 key events and 35 life-size wax statues