Basilique Sainte Germaine

Pibrac, France

The Basilica to St Germaine was built in the 20th Century because so many pilgrims were coming here that the church could not cope.

Basilique Sainte Germaine

Statue of St. Germaine
Photograph by Eric le Jeu 1

Nevertheless she was very pious and always did good deeds, even for those who were not kind to her ... She is usually depicted with flowers. Eventually, Germaine’s illnesses caught up with her, and the Lord took her to heaven, in 1601, at the age of just 22.

Basilique Sainte Germaine

Interior view of Basilique Sainte Germaine
(edited for perspective)
Photograph by Lily12 2

That was the end of Germaine’s story, or so everyone thought. But 43 years later, in 1644, a woman in the parish died. She had requested to be buried in the church near the altar. When the workmen dug up the floor near the altar, which is where Germaine was buried, they found Germaine’s body perfectly intact. Miracle upon miracle came about through her intercession. A beautiful urn was created for her body, which is venerated inside the church to this day. 1, 2

Architectural Summary

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Pierre Esquié

1901

Roman-Byzantine

Basilique Sainte Germaine

Basilique Sainte Germaine
Photograph by Christophe Ramos 3

There is no question as to its purpose, with statues and pictures of St Germaine everywhere, lots of details about her history and a photo montage of all the St Germaine representations in all the churches in all the surrounding areas. She was a poor shepherd girl who lived from 1579 to 1601, dying at only twenty-two years of age. She had one crabbed hand and was not well loved.

Basilique Sainte Germaine

Death of St. Germaine
Photograph by Gabrielle le Jeu 4

When the villagers heard about her death, they were devastated. Great pains were taken to make the day she died the most memorable one of her life. Her body was brought, in solemn procession, to the church she loved so much, and she was buried there.

Basilique Sainte Germaine

Basilique Sainte Germaine
(edited for perspective)
Photographer: Unknown 5

Basilique Sainte Germaine

Statue of Sainte Germaine
Photograph by Gabrielle le Jeu 6

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