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  • 1 Lourdes Fort Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    25 rue du fort F - 65100 Lourdes

    Perched on the last ''rock bar'' in the former Lavedan glacial valley, this fort contains the Pyrenean Museum devoted to popular arts and traditions of the regions between Bayonne and Perpignan. One room is devoted to ''Pyreneanism''. In the chapel t..

  • 2 Lourdes Wax Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    87 rue de la Grotte F - 65100 Lourdes

    This museum traces the important episodes in the life of Bernadette Soubirous and that of Christ. From the terrace there is a pretty view of the mountain stream of Pau and the sanctuaries.

  • 3 Le Béout Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    cours ecours-St-Pierre F - 65100 Lourdes

    There is a fine panorama of Lourdes and its surroundings, and from the highest point a view of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Lourdes Lake, and the Pic Long (Massif of Néouvielle), the highest peak in the French Pyrenees.

  • 4 Pic du Jer Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    59 avenue Francis-Lagardère F - 65100 Lourdes

    At an altitude of 948 m, there is an attractive panoramic view over the central Pyrenees from the upper station of the funicular railway.

  • 5 Massabielle Grotto

    Religious buildings

    avenue Monseigneur Théas F - 65100 Lourdes

    The grotto where the apparitions occurred is actually a 10m-deep by 10m-wide crevice in a boulder (Massabielle) by a stream. A Madonna in Carrara marble, sculpted by Fabisch in 1864, marks the exact spot of the apparitions. The spring that Bernadette..

  • 6 Basilica of the Rose Garden and Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, or Upper Basilica

    Religious buildings

    esplanade du Rosaire F - 65100 Lourdes

    Inaugaurated in 1889, the Neo-Byzantine Basilica of the Rose Garden occupies the bottom level of the Domaine de la Grotte. It has the capacity to hold 2,000 pilgrims. The crypt on the middle level was opened in 1866 in the presence of Bernadette. The..

  • 7 Rosaire Esplanade

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    esplanade du Rosaire F - 65100 Lourdes

    The two lanes used for processions converge across from the basilica and the miraculous cave on this esplanade with its statue of the Virgin.

  • 8 Espace Ste-Bernadette

    Religious buildings

    13 route de Pau F - 65100 Lourdes

    Two bridges lead to the meadow on the right bank of the Gave where this 4,000-seat space was built in 1988 on the spot where Bernadette had her vision. It is comprised of the eponymous church and the Hemicycle, which hosts the annual plenary assembly..

  • 9 Underground Basilica of St. Pious X

    Religious buildings

    esplanade du Rosaire F - 65100 Lourdes

    20,000 can fit into this enormous basilica under the esplanade, built in 1958 for the centenary of the apparition. The nave is 201m long and 81m wide. The surface area of the sanctuary, one of the largest in France, is 12,000m2.

  • 10 Way of the Cross

    Religious buildings

    chemin du Calvaire F - 65100 Lourdes

    Bordered by 14 religious stations endowed with groups of bronze statues, this path branches off to the right of the cave and takes you to Calvary Cross and the caves of Sainte-Madeleine and Our-Lady-of-Pain. Situated in the natural cavern of Mont des..

  • 11 Sainte-Bernadette Museum

    Religious buildings

    1 avenue Mgr-Théas F - 65100 Lourdes

    On the ground floor is the Sainte-Bernadette Museum dedicated to preserving the memory of Bernadette Soubirous and the appearances. Note the different effigies of the Virgin that were subject to Bernadette's approval. The basement is taken by the Mus..

  • 12 Prison

    Museums and art

    15 rue du Petit-Fossé F - 65100 Lourdes

    The Soubirous family lived in complete deprivation in this disused prison at the time of the appearances.

  • 13 Sainte-Bernadette Hospice

    Religious buildings

    2 avenue Alexandre-Marquis F - 65100 Lourdes

    Bernadette was taught by nuns in this old hospice at the time of the apparitions. She was then admitted as a boarder and lived here from 1860 to 1866. Photographs and some of her personal items are on display in the visiting room. In the chapel where..

  • 14 Moulin de Boly

    Museums and art

    12 rue Bernadette-Soubirous F - 65100 Lourdes

    Bernadette Soubirous was born on 7 January 1844 in this mill brought as a dowry by her mother.

  • 15 Église du Sacré-Coeur

    Religious buildings

    rue de l’Église F - 65100 Lourdes

    This church was built by Father Payremale, who was the priest of Lourdes at the time of the appearances. The fonts of the previous sanctuary (which was destroyed in 1904) are preserved here.

  • 16 Petit Lourdes Museum

    Museums and art

    68 avenue Peyramale F - 65100 Lourdes

    This museum is an outdoor reconstruction of Lourdes at the time of the appearances (1858), which features the sheepfold of Bartrès in the Cagots quarter, the houses and mills, all scaled down to a ratio of 1/20.

  • 17 Lourdes Museum

    Museums and art

    11 rue de l’Égalité F - 65100 Lourdes

    In this museum the display is a life-size reconstruction of the town as it would have been in 1858, with a vivid illustration of everyday life, rural interiors, craftsmen's workshops and pastoral settings.

  • 18 Lourdes Lake

    Nature and gardens

    D940 F - 65100 Lourdes

    This small lake (421m above sea-level and 11m deep) caters for fishing and water sports enthusiasts. Beautiful lakeside views. A hiking trail goes all the way around the lake.

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