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Sanctuaires Notre Dame de Lourdes

The spiritual centre of Lourdes is the subterranean grotto where Bernadette Soubirous experienced her visions in 1858. From the Porte St-Michel, a broad boulevard sweeps towards the gilded spires of the Basilique du…
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Château Fort

Lourdes’ imposing castle stands on a sheer hill just behind the town. There’s been a stronghold here since Roman times, but the present building combines a medieval keep with fortifications added during the 17th and…
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Pic du Jer

Panoramic views of Lourdes and the central Pyrenees are on offer from this rocky outcrop just outside town. There are two routes to the top: a punishing three-hour hike (ideal for penitents) or a speedy six-minute r…
Historic Site in Lourdes

Le Cachot

In 1857 Bernadette Soubirous’ family fell on hard times and were forced to move to this dingy former prison, where they lived communally in a room measuring just 16 sq metres. It was while living here that Bernadett…
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Grottes de Bétharram

Grottes de Bétharram is a network of subterranean caverns that have been carved out from the limestone, glittering with impressive formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Visits to the cave aboard a combination o…
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Grotte de Massabielle

Underneath the soaring spires of the Basilique Supérieure is the fabled Grotte de Massabielle, where people queue for hours to enter and take a blessed dip in the cave’s icy-cold baths (labelled 'piscines'). Other p…
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Porte St-Michel

This gate into the sanctuary is the first you'll reach when approaching from across the river (where you'll find the majority of lodging and dining options). It provides a dramatic view towards the gilded spires of …
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Moulin de Boly

Bernadette was born in this millhouse on 7 January 1844, one year after the marriage of her parents Louise Castérot and François Soubirous. She lived here for the first 10 years of her life; it’s still possible to s…
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Maison Paternelle de Ste-Bernadette

After Bernadette Soubirous experienced her visions, Lourdes’ abbot bought this house for her family. It’s still run by her descendants, and has a collection of memorabilia including family photos and a bed where Be…
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Porte St-Joseph

By evening or early morning (when the Porte St-Michel is closed), this is the most convenient access to the sanctuary.