Basilique Saint-Francois de Sales, Thonon-les-Bains

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  • In reality they are two churches merged with each other, the first church where St. Francis de Sales began his pastoral activity. Thonon Les Bains is the main city of Chiablese, a French and Swiss mountain area located in the north of Savoy, where Saint Francis de Sales had begun to communicate with Protestants. To encourage dialogue, since people were reluctant to move to listen to sermons in church, Francis decided to go out to meet people, inventing a new form of communication: he organized a widespread distribution of "leaflets" on the themes of the Christian faith to reach a large audience. Because of his attention to communication and the dissemination of culture, he was appointed patron of journalists.
  • Astonishing discovery these two churches glued to each other and even connected from the inside! It's very curious and worth a look. The stained glass windows are of high quality.

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