Musée du Livre

The Saint-Benoît Joseph Labre basilica is a late 19th century building in the neo-Gothic style, built between 1884 and 1899 according to a spiritual plan drawn up by Abbé Joanneau, parish priest of Marçay from 1856.
It now houses a museum dedicated to the book, you can discover a collection of period documents retracing the Gothic and neo-Gothic in the traditional trades of the book, an evocation of the religious writers of the Third Republic who were contemporary with the construction of the building. . You will approach the history of France at that time and the contours of the famous 1905 law known as the Separation of Church and State. Finally, the guided tour will allow you to learn the history of the basilica and its patron saint Benoît-Joseph Labre, an 18th century pilgrim character born in Amettes in 1748 and died in Rome in the odor of sanctity in 1783.

Practical information

French, English


Conditions of visit: Free visit, Guided visit
Languages ​​spoken for the visit: French, English

Further information

Location: In the countryside
Type of site/monument/small heritage: Basilica, Church
Museum themes: Sacred art, History, Literature
Type of additional equipment: Site/monument
Facilities: Accessible by stroller
Activity: Conferences, temporary exhibitions
Payment Methods: Bank and postal checks, Cash
Book Museum
5 chemin de la Ragondiliere
86370 MARCAY