Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Lourdes

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Surrounding the Catholic Grotto, Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes is a pilgrimage destination, especially for the sick. Also known as the Domain, the area serves several functions, including devotional activities, offices, and accommodations for sick pilgrims and their helpers. The Domain’s 51 hectares (126 acres) include the Grotto itself, nearby faucets that dispense the water of Lourdes, reputed for its miraculous healing power, and the offices of the Lourdes Medical Bureau. The Domain offers 22 separate places of worship, including a number of churches and basilicas. For Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and beyond, use our Lourdes day trip planning website to get the most from your Lourdes vacation.
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  • We came twice while visiting the local area. We had our 2 children who are 5 months and 2 years old with us, the area was very accessible. We found parking nearby both times about a ten minute walk... 
    We came twice while visiting the local area. We had our 2 children who are 5 months and 2 years old with us, the area was very accessible. We found parking nearby both times about a ten minute walk...  more »
  • I did not know what to expect entering into the area. It is a lovely area and fairly large. We were able to go into the church and then walked to the grotto where there were chairs in front. We... 
    I did not know what to expect entering into the area. It is a lovely area and fairly large. We were able to go into the church and then walked to the grotto where there were chairs in front. We...  more »
  • Obviously it is set up for thousands of visitors, and security is necessary but the only way in and out is by 3 entrances from the town end - it’s fenced all round the back area with security access.....  more
    Obviously it is set up for thousands of visitors, and security is necessary but the only way in and out is by 3 entrances from the town end - it’s fenced all round the back area with security access.....  more »
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  • A once in a lifetime experience. We felt so blessed to have a the opportunity to visit this wonderful place despite the lengthy journey from Paris. I’ve been to other Marian sanctuaries including the Guadalupe and Fatima, yet enjoyed this one the most. The Sanctuary is breathtaking and the minute you walk in you can feel the peace and beauty that lies inside. There were so many pilgrims yet everything was so well organized that at no point did we feel overwhelmed. The group of volunteers is unlike anything I’ve seen before and the main Basilique is astonishingly beautiful. We enjoyed attending mass in the early morning - and were rejoiced to attend one in our native language on Saturday along with confessions. The visit to the Grotto was absolutely special and the evening procession can’t be put into words - something you have to experience to describe. We stayed for two full days and three nights, which I highly recommend so you can absorb the experience without feeling rushed.
  • Beautiful serene place to revive your religious spirit. Lots of events happening throughout the day and in different languages. Daily Eucharistic procession at 5pm. Daily candlelight rosary procession at 9pm. Very touching processions. Masses held in various languages in the chapels and Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Basilica of the Rosary, etc. The grotto is beautiful and has Masses and rosaries said at the Grotto. Definitely worth the visit. Lots of shops selling religious, good quality items. Very friendly and safe place overall.
  • I was blessed to be able to visit during my last pilgrimage in France. There is a daily Marian procession in the evening that's been happening for hundreds of years. There are daily confessions in multiple languages in a building across the water so that's always available. Pre-covid there is also an opportunity to be dunked in the water from the fountain but now it's just water poured from a jug that you wash yourself with. It is definitely worth a visit for anyone in south west France, especially if you're Catholic.
  • Extremely beautiful and peaceful place. I am privileged to have been able to visit this historical place. Lots to see. Prayed for family and friends.
  • We went back to Lourdes crossing the Pyrenees mountains covered in fresh snow coming from Spain. We like to walk near the river from the entrance to the basílicas and the grotto. We were able to attend a Rosary for World peace in five languages. Each basilica has unique characteristics to explore. #AbuelosMochileros

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