Though a few miles out of town (15 minutes in a taxi), this kitsch labor of love is worth the trip. It was the work of a French monk, Brother Déodat, who wanted to adorn this pretty hillside with a grotto and basilica like the one in Lourdes, France. This was his third attempt (he began in 1914) and he decorated it painstakingly inside and out with shells, pebbles and bits of broken china. Measuring just three meters by two meters—it has room for about eight people inside—it is said to be the world’s smallest consecrated church.

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