The Rosary Basilica, Lourdes
It is built on a rock known as Massabielle. The basilica is surrounded on the north and south by two ramps of 130m in length, perharps acting as two open arms to welcome the pilgrims. On the west is the front of the Rosary Basilica while on the east is the Crowned Statue. The two ramps are adorned with statues facing inwards towards the church where the Eucharist is, a sacrament that the catholics believe to be the Body of Christ, turned from bread during mass. The Basilica is actually three separate churches built at different periods, the crypt(the middle level) was built first, then the upper church and lastly the Rosary Basilica which is under the crypt. Along River Gave, there are taps where water flows out from the miraculous spring. People queued to collect the water. There is also a bath where many queued up for hours just to take a dip into the cold waters from the spring. Only when you are at the Basilica, then you will understand the wonders of that place. There is no priest-in-charge, no appointed religious to bless you, but just being there itself , going through the possessions, it will slowly but surely dawned into you the presence of God's Love.
A basilica was built upon the rock of Massabielle by M. Peyramale, the parish priest. In 1873 the great "national" French pilgrimages were inaugurated. Three years later the basilica was consecrated and the statue solemnly crowned. In 1883 the foundation stone of another church was laid, as the first was no longer large enough. It was built at the foot of the basilica and was consecrated in 1901 and called the Church of the Rosary.
The exterior of the baisilica is somewhat impressive ,Its hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and mosaics dazzle the senses and evoke awe . It is visited by literally millions of pilgrims each year.
This is the place to visit when you come to Lourdes. It is where all the masses are held, seperate ones in each hall it would seem. It is a very impressive building just be careful not to get knocked over by the hoardes of pilgrims.
This is the most golden crown you will ever see which is located on top of the Basilica Church where man promised The Immaculate Mother to build a church.
This picture was taken on the of the Basilica of the Rosary. This is one of best places to see the pilgrims processions .