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Lourdes

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Pyrénées

Lourdes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Pyrénées
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The second Catholic pilgrimage site in the world after Rome, the town of Lourdes became famous after the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous at various times between 11 February and 16 July 1858. Today, the sanctuaries of Lourdes located on the banks of the Gave de Pau river attract millions of visitors and pilgrims each year. The key sites of the Religious Town (Cité Religieuse) are the Rosary Esplanade (Esplanade du Rosaire) – dominated by the neo-Byzantine Our Lady's Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame), the Crypt and the Immaculate Conception Basilica (Basilique de l'Immaculée Conception) – the famous miraculous grotto where the Virgin appeared on 18 occasions, the underground St Pius X Basilica (Basilique Saint-Pie X), the Espace Sainte-Bernadette pilgrimage centre and the Way of the Cross (Chemin de Croix) and its 15 stations. The entire place is imbued with a very special spiritual and mystical atmosphere.

Also worth a visit in Lourdes is the fortified castle overlooking the town. Inside, the Pyrenean Museum (Musée Pyrénéen) houses collections of objects and art relating to the history of the Pyrenees mountains. The castle ramparts offer a beautiful view over the sanctuaries and the Pyrenees.

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Lourdes

Lourdes annually attracts millions of visitors and pilgrims from all over the world. A spiritual journey? Better than that: the discovery of a unique place in the world that you must have seen once in your life. Millions of visitors come from all over the world to this small town where in 1858 a young girl named Bernadette met the Virgin in a Grotto near the river. People come here to caress the rock of the Grotto, place a candle, drink the water from the fountains… simple gestures within everyone's reach. But the most popular moment remains the torchlight procession which sets the city ablaze every evening, from April to October.

Ideally located at the foot of the Pyrenees, Lourdes attracts by its proximity to Pyrenean celebrities: the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, the Pyrenees National Park, the Gavarnie circus… take a deep breath of fresh air while strolling in Mountain. Immerse yourself in a preserved and authentic environment. Recharge yourself with positive energies... You can finally disconnect from everyday life or take a break.

This multi-faceted city will not leave you indifferent.

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Events and festivities

Les Nouvelles Saint Pierre de Festivals (June 29-July 14).

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Sanctuary Esplanade du Rosaire - Basilica
Sanctuary Esplanade du Rosaire - Basilica
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Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous
Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous
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Fortified castle
Fortified castle
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Lourdes, great site of Occitanie
Lourdes, great site of Occitanie
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Lourdes from the Ger peak
Lourdes from the Ger peak
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Fortified castle
Fortified castle
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Panorama (© JE)
Panorama (© JE)
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Park of the basilica: the Gave de Pau
Park of the basilica: the Gave de Pau
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Funicular of the Pic du Jer
Funicular of the Pic du Jer
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Lake of Lourdes and Lourdes Beach
Lake of Lourdes and Lourdes Beach
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Basilicas of the Rosary and the Immaculate Conception
Basilicas of the Rosary and the Immaculate Conception
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Basilica of the Rosary
Basilica of the Rosary
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Basilica of the Rosary
Basilica of the Rosary
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Basilica of the Rosary
Basilica of the Rosary
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Basilica of the Rosary - Ceiling rosette
Basilica of the Rosary - Ceiling rosette
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Underground Basilica of Saint Pius X
Underground Basilica of Saint Pius X
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Interior of the basilica (© JE)
Interior of the basilica (© JE)
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Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
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Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
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Sanctuary - Esplanade du Rosaire
Sanctuary - Esplanade du Rosaire
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Grotte des Apparitions
Grotte des Apparitions
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Golf de Lourdes
Golf de Lourdes
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Castle of Lourdes (© Jean Espirat)
Castle of Lourdes (© Jean Espirat)
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Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Pic du Jer funicular station in Lourdes
Pic du Jer funicular station in Lourdes
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Basilica seen from the castle
Basilica seen from the castle
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Flowers and bell tower
Flowers and bell tower
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Mu Pyrenean Museum
Mu Pyrenean Museum
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Pyrenean Museum
Pyrenean Museum
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Basilica Park
Basilica Park
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Underground Basilica
Underground Basilica
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Underground Basilica
Underground Basilica
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Mosaic
Mosaic
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In the Basilica
In the Basilica
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Beautiful Statue
Beautiful Statue
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Pretty Colors
Pretty Colors
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Golden Crown
Golden Crown
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Basilica
Basilica
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