There are certain places within the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes that really must be seen during a visit or pilgrimage. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, discover these must-see places that cannot fail to move you.
The grotto of Apparitions
The Massabielle Grotto is central to the history of Lourdes and its sanctuary. As the place where the Apparitions took place, it’s a must for all pilgrims and visitors. Deep inside the Grotto, discover the Spring.
Built in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the three basilicas of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes are must-see sites.
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, easily recognisable by its tall spire, has stained glass windows depicting the events in Lourdes. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, in the Romano-Byzantine style, is covered with 2,000m² of exceptional mosaics. Lastly, the underground Basilica of St. Pius X impresses visitors with its unusually large dimensions and features various stained glass images in the gemmail style.
There are two processions a day for visitors to the Sanctuary. The eucharistic procession and the blessing of the sick are celebrated at 5 pm every day from Easter to the end of October. The famous torchlight procession, a highlight of any visitor’s day in Lourdes, takes place at 9 pm every night during the same period.
There are two ways of the cross at the Sanctuary. The first is 1,500m long and has various stations with cast iron figures in the upper part of the Sanctuary. The second, the way of the cross for the sick, is easier to access and has 17 stations in marble.