We Love Going To Lourdes!
Lourdes is a very small town in the Hautes-Pyrénées département in southwest France. Which is only eight hours drive from Barcelona, Spain. Lourdes happens to be one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage nearest Barcelona, and one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the world.
Lourdes lies 497 miles south of Paris in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. The small town of only 20,000 inhabitants receives more than 5 million pilgrims and tourists each year because of a set of visions reported by a young girl named Bernadette in 1858. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes incorporates 52 hectares of property and 22 places of worship, including the sacred grotto, there are two great basilicas, and a variety of concret large and very large buildings for pilgrims and the sick who are rolled in their beds, wheelchairs and any handycap means of transporting the pilgrim. Outside the sanctuary, many pilgrims also visit the Lourdes home of the young visionary, St. Bernadette. Amongst the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception which is located onthe very top of the rock above the Grotto and behind the Basilica of the Rosary, this was the first basilica to be built in Lourdes. I believe it was constructed between 1866 and 1872. What my husband and family and all the people we have toured in Lourdes majority of us always looks forward to the very touch night rosary procession. It could be raining very hard or it could be as hot as the sun shines, we would not miss the 9 o'clock procession. As we get at around 7:30 in the morning, we have our daily breakfast, which is basically American or international breakfast, then we hear few masses inside the grotto, then we have other prayers to join, fill up our bottle with holy water, then back to our hotel and lunch. Then we take a bit of siesta and off again we are in the grotto. By 6pm, we are getting ready for the 9 o'clock procession. We are so very much looking forward to our 9pm procession.