The crypt

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Built in the 19th Century the basilica is on a level with the small chapel built in the 13th Century.

Until 1855, where the Crypt now stands there was only the solid rock from which it was dug. It was completed before the basilica: the first mass was celebrated in it on the 9th September 1861, where as the basilica was consecrated only on the 4th June 1864.

There is a great contrast between the basilica and the crypt. The one is a rather high, very ornate edifice, the other very low and bare except for a few columns. The very bareness of the spot makes a suitable surrounding for a very simple prayer.

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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde