Procession aux flambeaux, soir d'été
©Pierre VIncent
Enter the heart of the Sanctuary

The Unmissables

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 basilicas

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.


The processions

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.


The Sanctuary baths

Highly prized by Lourdes pilgrims, the Sanctuary baths always make an impact on visitors. Everyone should try this unique experience at least once in their lifetime.