Sanctuary of Bétharram
17th-century Marian sanctuary, a unique masterpiece of baroque art in Béarn, and a listed Historic Monument.
Tradition has it that the Virgin saved a young girl from drowning here by holding a branch out to her under the bridge (beth-arram means beautiful branch in the Béarn dialect) and over eighty miracles are said to have been reported there in the 17th century.
There are three main places to visit:
The Chapel of Our Lady
Monument and Historic Objects.
Façade, bell, pulpit, monumental painting, organ case, gallery, altar, altarpieces, statues, paintings, frames, lectern, miniature, liturgical objects (from the 16th to the 18th century)
The Chapel of Saint Michel Garicoïts
In 1837 Saint Michel Garicoïts founded the college of Our Lady of Bétharram, the parent organisation of the Congregation of the Fathers of the Sacred Heart.
You can see his glass coffin in the chapel.
Way of the Cross (17th century, destroyed during the Revolution, stations put up in 1805, bas-reliefs of the Passion cycle sculpted by Alexandre Renoir, 13 chapels in an eclectic style from 1841 to 1845).
Visits all year round from 9 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Guided tours possible (speak to the pilgrims’ reception service)
For more information
Sanctuaires de Bétharram
64800 LESTELLE BETHARRAM
Tel.: 05 59 71 92 30
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