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 Bernadette supposedly slept.
Maison Paternelle de Ste-Bernadette
Nearby Lourdes attractions
1. 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…
2. 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…
3. 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…
4. Sanctuaires Notre Dame de Lourdes
The spiritual centre of Lourdes is the subterranean grotto where Bernadette Soubirous is believed to have experienced her visions in 1858. From the Porte…
5. 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…
6. Porte St-Joseph
By evening or early morning (when the Porte St-Michel is closed), this is the most convenient access to the sanctuary.
7. Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire
The lower of Lourdes' two basilicas has magnificent gilded mosaics.
8. Porte de la Crypte
Connects the Basilique Supérieure with the Chemin de Croix (Way of the Cross).