Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Lourdes, France

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is a pilgrimage destination; sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water. This ground is owned and administrated by the Roman Catholic Church, and has several functions, including devotional activities, offices, and accommodation for sick pilgrims and their helpers. The Domain includes the Grotto itself, the nearby taps which dispense the Lourdes water, and the offices of the Lourdes Medical Bureau, as well as several churches and basilicas. It comprises an area of 51 hectares, and includes 22 separate places of worship.

Beginning on 11 February 1858, a 14-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed to have experienced a series of apparitions of a girl dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception, a name by which the Virgin Mary was known.

The first sanctuary to be built was the Crypt, which is below the Basilica of the Immaculate conception. Construction started in 1863 and was consecrated in 1866. The second sanctuary to be built was the Basilica of the Immaculate conception also known as the Upper Basilica. It rises above the one of the Rosary and the Crypt. the construction began in 1866 and was completed and open for worship in 1871.

The third sanctuary to be built was the Rosary Basilica, Our Lady of the Rosary was successfully concluded thirty years after the Apparitions 1883 to 1889 and had great restoration work and improvements were carried out in 2006. The interior of the Rosary Basilica is impressive with a mosaic of  the Immaculate conception and mosaics depicting the fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary.

The fourth and fifth sanctuaries to be built were the Basilica of Saint Pius X and the church of Saint Bernadette. The Basilica of Saint Pius X is underground and colossal, the shape resembles an overturned boat. The church of Saint Bernadette is the newest construction and holds 5,000 people and took 7 months to build in 1988 it a very modern and spacious building.

The heart of the sanctuary is the Grotto of the Massabielle. Pilgrims from all over the world come to Lourdes to pray at the spot where Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirious. The name Massabielle Means 'old Rock'

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Founded: 1863
Category: Religious sites in France

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Lu Bi Huang (2 years ago)
I was blessed to be able to visit during my last pilgrimage in France. There is a daily Marian procession in the evening that's been happening for hundreds of years. There are daily confessions in multiple languages in a building across the water so that's always available. Pre-covid there is also an opportunity to be dunked in the water from the fountain but now it's just water poured from a jug that you wash yourself with. It is definitely worth a visit for anyone in south west France, especially if you're Catholic.
Jose Gregorio Lepervanche Valencia (2 years ago)
We went back to Lourdes crossing the Pyrenees mountains covered in fresh snow coming from Spain. We like to walk near the river from the entrance to the basílicas and the grotto. We were able to attend a Rosary for World peace in five languages. Each basilica has unique characteristics to explore. #AbuelosMochileros
Iniyathas KULAM (2 years ago)
Very nice place to visit and pray about your family life and hope you are having a lovely day and relax.
Manolo Fernández (2 years ago)
A visit to this place of peace and pilgrimage is highly recommended. I would recommend your visit outside the summer season to enjoy the peace of this place with few pilgrims.
Teji MI (3 years ago)
Ave Maria This is the most beautiful place and ever memorable experience I cherish from the visit to this pilgrim place. Beautiful and Blessed moments. Experiences of the Lord's interventions in my life through the intercession of Mary Mother of Jesus.
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