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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Mike (17 months ago)
Holy place for christian community. A lovely place full of Spirit.
TheWitchyM (18 months ago)
Highly recommended for a visit. Lourdes is such a beautiful town, The Sanctuary of Notre Dame brings together the curious, faithful, spiritual and those in need of healing from all over the world. Whether you are a believer or not, the ambiance and serenity of Lourdes will truly give you a sense of peace. This historical, beautiful and holy place leaves you feeling calm. With the pilgrims and those going on their own you will find that you're a part of a community. The grotto is beautiful day or night, the feeling you get is inexplicable and can only be classed as high vibrational energy.
Sapat Lang (18 months ago)
Excellent place to do pilgrimage. Devotees from all over the world were atuned. Grotto gave me goosebumps. Only place where I participated in two occasions praying the rosary. Candle procession was divine. Mass at 9am in English at the Immaculate Chapel was celebrated by 4 priests. Met father James Burns who was so friendly. Hope to be back someday with the whole family.
Ruwan Prasad (18 months ago)
Blessed shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes... thousands of pilgrims everyday visit to seek motherly love, protection and intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes... Candle procession with Holy Rosary is at 9.00 pm and Holy Mass at 11.00 pm in French at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, and finally Benediction. People are healed and many experience miraculous intervention of our Lady of Lourdes in their lives. Appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes here proclaims the powerful presence of among us.. May Our Lady of Lourdes pray for the whole world...
Foodnbevz (19 months ago)
I had the chance to visit this magnificent
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