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Avioth has been mentioned since the 12th century. Here is the map of Cassini (18th century) showing Avioth and its surroundings.

A 800-years-old sanctuary

As a village, Avioth was born in the 12th century from an unlikely discovery: a resident of a nearby village miraculously found a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary in a thorn bush. The chapel that was built there soon became a sanctuary and place of pilgrimage. In Avioth, the stillborn children could receive baptism; also in Avioth, Bernard de Clairvaux sang the Salve Regina for the first time. Today, the sanctuary is still alive and well. The church was notably consecrated to the rank of basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1993; every year, in mid-July, Avioth becomes crowded with pilgrims celebrating Our Lady of Avioth.

The Receivesse is a unique monument, right next to the west porch of the Basilica of Avioth.

A unique architectural masterpiece

Next to the Basilica of Avioth, the Recevresse is a unique work of Gothic art. We know it used to receive offerings from the pilgrims, but the reason for its construction remains uncertain. Nevertheless, the splendour of the building does not go unnoticed: a real lacework out of stone! A life-size replica of the Recevresse can even be found in the Cité de l’architecture museum in Paris. In addition, the Basilica and the Recevresse have been registered as historical monuments by French authorities since 1840.

The bell tower of the abbey church of Orval, a few kilometers from the Basilica of Avioth, rises above the forest.

A region full of secrets

Despite its nickname « Cathedral of the Fields », the Basilica of Avioth is not only a hidden gem in a remote village: it is also a stone’s throw from several great historical places: the Orval abbey, the Montmédy Citadel and the Saint Walfroy hermitage. Despite today’s state borders, it shares much of their history. The basilica is also a stopping-off place of the Via Arduinna, one of the pilgrimage routes leading to Santiago de Compostela.

Celebrate at the Basilica of Avioth

Masses in the Basilica of Avioth are also a musical moment and an opportunity to hear the basilica's organ.

Sunday Masses

The Basilica of Avioth hosts Sunday masses every second Sunday of the month at 10:30 a.m. The other Sunday, Masses take place at St. Bernard’s Church (fr. Église Saint-Bernard) in Montmédy.

Adoration in the Basilica of Avioth.

Adoration & worships

Every Wednesday, an Adoration of the Holy Sacrament takes place between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; a prayer time dedicated to the Virgin Mary also happens every Sunday in the late afternoon, between Easter and All Saints’ Day.

The pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of Avioth is a time for young and old to celebrate Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


Every year, a pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin Mary attracts many worshippers; on July 16, for the celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and also on August 15, on Assumption Day.

star rating  Il faut se mobiliser pour rénover et entretenir ce patrimoine du 13° siècle. C'est un bijou d'architecture qui doit être valorisé.

Philippe B
21 novembre 2022

star rating  La basilique d'Avioth surprend par sa taille et l'harmonie de ses lignes dans cette belle campagne. Voir particulièrement l'expression des visages de la vierge (Notre Dame d'Avioth) et de l'enfant... read more

2 juin 2022

star rating  Un charmant petit village au milieu duquel trône une basilique impressionnante. A l'extérieur on découvre le monument unique en son genre La Recevresse. A ne pas manquer aussi, tout près,... read more

20 mai 2022

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