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“A piece of history known & heralded for its "plainess"”

Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port
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Reviewed 20 November 2012 via mobile

It was funny that locals we stopped for directions didn't know where this UNESCO world heritage site was, though is supposedly an old gem of history and one of the few spiritual places that house a black Madonna (no, she didn't do a reverse Michael Jackson).

When we finally found the minor basilica, we almost missed it. The front gate to it was almost lost to all the surrounding shops as graffiti that grew up around it. To be honest I thought we got the wrong church because after traveling to different Notre-Dames in France (Chartes, Reims, Paris, etc), I was expecting something grand.

It's a very simple building, nothing stunning about it at first glance unless you've truly read up on its history then perhaps you'd appreciate it even more. There weren't any other tourists around but if you're in the area I guess it's worth a stop by.

Their famous black Madonna is located down in the crypt, which was my favorite place in the basilica but only because it looked mysterious and old. Everywhere else was too bright and modern.

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Reviewed 30 September 2012

This is 12th century nad quite awe inspiring. The carvings and interior are amazing. It is a real sanctuary.

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