Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is a minor basilica famous for its great spiritual influence and many miracles contributed to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The church is a handsome, 17th-century, Neoclassical edifice, covered with around 37,000 ex voto offerings left therein by pilgrims and thanksgivers. Its Baroque furnishings lend to its general splendour.
Financed by Louis XIII and built in the 17th century, the church was maintained by Discalced Augustinians. It turned a new page in its history in the 1830s, when the parish priest Father Desgenettes, upon divine inspiration, as he said, reconsecrated the church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Refuge of Sinners, and the faithful began to flock.