As the French would say, Lourdes, c’est magnifique. Nestled in the southwestern Pyrénees, its status as a pilgrimage center was largely cemented by the sighting of the Virgin Mary at the The Grotto of Massabielle. The city abounds with religious activity, with opportunities to attend mass, say the Rosary as part of the daily Candlelight Procession, or visit holy sites like the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The Cirque de Gavarnie offers opportunities to experience breathtaking mountain beauty, such as the tiered Gavarnie Falls.
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5 based on 805 reviews
Read the history before you go. If you are religious this can be a good stop if you area in the area. I am not religious and this seemed more of a commercial place rather than a place to practice your religion.
5 based on 116 reviews
This Basilica is the uppermost of three cathedrals above the grotto. Take the stars and the ramp, and just keep going. The views from the uppermost balcony are beautiful, and the basilica itself is lovely. Be sure to visit the other two cathedrals on your way down.
4.5 based on 3 reviews
Our stopover for one night was to visit this place. Stunningly beautiful and calm, so many beautiful frescos, mosaics and painted walls to see. We stumbled across two services, one in Spanish and one in French. Lighting a candle was essential and much welcomed. I had to wipe away my tears, my mother would have loved to visit this glorious place.
4.5 based on 151 reviews
Beautiful church with the font that st bernadette was christened in ' There was also a lovely statue of st. peregrine the patron saint of cancer sufferers. The stained glass is lovely. Overall well worth a visit
5 based on 76 reviews
The Rosary Basilica is one of the most beautiful places in Lourdes. The mosaics reflect for us tremenedous beauty on the life of Christ and the story of Lourdes. The artistary; the space; the lighting all add to a great degree of the spiritual that enhances life. The mosaics depicting the life of Jesus as given to us in the Rosary are done with great detail and generosity; they can be used as great learning tools for us all. Here there are several Masses each day so pick your quiet time perhaps 1pm.
The sanctuary area in the basilica reflects a more contemporary look that blends beautfilly with all that is ancient - with the the ever ancient ever new complimenting each other.
On entering or leaving the Basilica take good heed of the doors which depict so powerfully and tastefully the mysteries of light in the Rosary. Have a truly blessed and memorable spiritual experience.
4.5 based on 369 reviews
We attended a mass with the sick and handicapped. We were touched and blessed to experienced the Holy Mass inside the Basilica. The sound system inside is spectacular, crisp and clear. The view is amazing as you can see all the angles of the altar with the help of the large projectors scattered strategically inside.
4.5 based on 541 reviews
The Pic du Jer, towering over the town, is recognizable by its large cross which is illuminated at night. You can get there by a hundred-year-old funicular railway which takes you to the summit at an altitude of 1000 metres in a few minutes; it's a charming trip. At the top, a gentle path takes you to the Observatory, where you will discover a unique panoramic viewpoint offering a 360° view over Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau, the Argeles-Gazost valley and the summits of the Pyrenees.
We took advantage of the special pricing of 16euros for Pic de Jer and the Fort.
You can get a single or return on the funicular to the top and back. You'd have to be extremely fit to walk up and have a lot of time. We have previously walked down which takes at least an hour through lovely woodlands paths. Again, you need proper walking boots and to be very fit.
At the top is a cafe and spectacular views. Keep climbing another 40ft up paths to the very top.
4.5 based on 156 reviews
THE VILLAGE OF Lourdes IN 1858 A wonderful reconstruction in stone based on the description from authentic documents. The visitor will be able to walk round the old Lourdes of the time of the apparitions in a natural open landscape, with its houses, brooks and historical monuments reproduced in a beautiful garden of flowers and bonsais.
Take your time to hear the audio guides. This place is very nice, and gives you an idea how the town looked back then. The train gets you here, or just walk along the river (long walk).
5 based on 53 reviews
An utterly unforgettable experience!! Even though I was seeing this for the second time (I went twenty years ago), it was still amazing. Most visitors to Lourdes skip this, because it is a climb on a hillside, and appears harder than it really is. It is a bit steep, but, you can do it slowly. The "stations" are represented by life-sized statues painted in gold. I would strongly urge ALL pilgrims to Lourdes to go on this, unless you find climbing too difficult.
4.5 based on 752 reviews
This would be an easy stop to overlook but it is well worth the effort. You can wind your way on a gentle slope through the streets of Lourdes. The view at the top is breathtaking! But, my favorite part was the unexpected garden at the top. The flowers were lovely. It was unforgettable.
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