Notre Dame de Prouilhe
The Basilica Our Lady of the Rosary
was built at the end of the XIXth century in Prouilhe,
in the Diocese of Carcassonne, France. R. Father Frühwirth,
master of the Order, called the Basilica « one of the most
beautiful in the South of France» as he was visiting the
work in 1893. The techniques of construction were a challenge
for that time.
The Choir of the Nuns in 1950
The Choir of the Nuns and its crypt, which are the most
ancient part of the Basilica, were constructed in 1865.
lndeed Vicountess Jurien decided to build a monastery
and the church of Our Lady in the place where Our
Father St. Dominic founded the first community in 1207.
Her generosity received the full agreement of R. Father
Lacordaire who restored the Dominican Order in France. The
works were stopped and the monastery was sold after Mrs
Jurien’s death in 1878… One year later, the Dominicans Nuns of
Nay, France, bought it. The plans were remade and they
obtained the status of Basilica. The first stone was put in in
1886. This huge construction couldn’t be completed
because of many events.
Sanctuary, according to the project of F. Coello
according to the project of F. Coello
Project and Mission
The aim of the project of Father Francisco COELLO,
Dominican , architect in Madrid, is to restore the original
concept and the mission of this neo-byzantine Basilica :
religious project : a place for celebrations of the
Dominican Community (pilgrimages, gatherings) spiritual center
(conferences, sessions , retreats)
cultural project : artistic activities (concerts,
expositions, meetings )
3 phases are planed:
- Choir and Sanctuary,
- Nave , corridors,
- Renewal of the crypts
The work in
the Sanctuary, 15/07/08
The work in
the Choir, 15/07/08
About the Work
The works began on the 05th of Feb. 2008.
• All the false ceilings and the partitions (18 meters high)
were removed in order to restore the original open spaces. .
The floors of the Ancient Choir and the Sanctuary have been
• New access to the crypts were created.
• Reinforcement of the floor and cleaning of the walls of the
corridors of the Sanctuary.
• Twin ouvertures in the corridors
• Elevator between the different levels.
One of the