Saint Jean-Marie Vianney the patron saint of priests was parish priest of Ars-sur-Formans from 1818 until 1859. Today his shrine is located in the village and it welcomes nearly 500,000 pilgrims and tourists annually.
The construction of the church began in 1959, on the 100th anniversary of the death of the Holy Curé of Ars. It is labelled "20th Century Heritage".
Designed by the architects Pierre Pinsard and Hugo Vollmar, this church can accommodate up to 1500 pilgrims.
Gaze at Saint-Sixte Basilica where St. John Vianney is laid to rest. The building is listed as a Monument Historique and was built by Pierre-Marie Bossan who also built Lyon's Fourvière Basilica. Its sea green domes are typical of Neo-Byzantine style.
18th century house that's been kept as it was. St. John Vianney's furniture, religious items and belongings are on display. He lived here for 41 years. The house has been approved as a "Maison des Illustres" since 2014.
Monument celebrating St. John Vianney's arrival in Ars in 1818 and when he met the little shepherd: "You showed me the way to Ars, I'll show you the way to heaven." Beautiful views of the village, basilica, Monts d'Or and Beaujolais.