It was in Alençon that the holy couple Louis and Zélie Martin, parents of Saint Thérèse of the Child of Jesus, lived. It was the first couple canonized together by the Church on March 18, 2015.

In Alençon, come and discover the places where Saint Thérèse and her family spent their first years; the Martin family house, the Notre-Dame basilica, the old watchmaking of Louis, the bridge of Sarthe where her parents met… A life imbued with the Gospel.

By being at the service of others and of God in the sacrament of marriage, today the Martin spouses constitute a point of reference for the spouses and for each Christian family.


In the heart of the Normandy-Maine Regional Natural Park, discover a city with a rich heritage, an ancient city of the dukes, with its castle of the dukes, its medieval districts, its houses with wood panels, its hall with Toiles, its hall with wheat, its mansions and its museum of Fine Arts and Lace.

An internationally renowned lace town, famous for the “Alençon Point”, its know-how is classified as an intangible heritage by UNESCO.