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Lisieux (Municipality, Calvados, France)

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Flag of Lisieux, current and former versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 3 September 2019

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Presentation of Lisieux

The municipality of Lisieux (41,694 inhabitants in 2016; 1,307 ha) is located in the capital of Pays d'Auge. The town is surrounded by Normandy's typical hedged farmland, with a a mix of livestock farming (mostly milk cows) and cider apple cultivation.

In the Antiquity, Lisieux was the capital of the Lexovii. It was mentioned as an oppidum (a town located on the top of a hill) by Caesar in his Commentaries on the Gallic War.
Lisieux was an important center of power in medieval times. The Bishop of Lisieux controlled most of Pays d'Auge by the 12th century. King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine are thought to have married at Lisieux in 1152; the town remained powerful until the 14th century.

In 1897, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face, died in the Carmelite monastery at Lisieux. In 1925, she would be canonized as Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux. Devotion to St. Thérèse has made Lisieux France's second-most important site of pilgrimage, after the Pyrenean town of Lourdes. The building of the basilica of Lisieux began in 1937; the church was consecrated in 1951.

Olivier Touzeau, 3 September 2019

Flag of Lisieux

The flag of Lisieux is white with the logo adopted in January 2016. The logo, designed by the Ecom Epub agency bears the motto "Normandy in the heart".
The town adopted in 2001 its former visual identity "to affirm its position as capital of Pays d’Auge". The logo and signature (capitale du Pays d’Auge) were created by the Athanor Communication agency under the direction of Frédéric Fougerat. The logo was formed of a heart suggesting the landscapes of Pays d’Auge. The city had also a motto, "a town worth to live!", marked graphically by a yellow rectangle. These elements adorned the flag before 2016, on a gradient background from blue sky (top) to white (in the middle and below), and bordered with several colored lines that probably echoed the yellow rectangle of the motto.

Olivier Touzeau, 3 September 2019