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Lourdes, France

In southwest France you can find a small town called Lourdes, it is known as the healing

shrine. This is because of the spring of water the Virgin Mary lead a little girl named Bernadette

too. The water is known to save people and preform miracles. If coming to Lourdes it is highly

recommended to see the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Even though Lourdes is tiny it is

ranked high for its tourism.

In Lourdes France there is a story known, that is about a child going to get firewood

when a lady appeared in front of her and her sister. The Lady was beautiful and met her at

the Massabielle grotto she said to come back to the grotto. So, she continued to come back to

the grotto. On one of the visits the lady revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception which

is the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the foreseen

merits of her son Jesus Christ. The lady informed Bernadette to dig in the ground at an exact

location and find a little spring and drink from it. This spring is now known to preform

miracles and save peoples life. For example, it has cured the blind, the healing of nervous

disorders, cancers, and cases of paralysis. It has been tested and there is nothing scientifically

different from a regular spring water. But this spring preforms miracles and over 67 miracles

that have been approved through all the years since. Today thousands of gallons of water

from the source of the spring, and visitors can bathe in it. This Spring has saved many

peoples of lives and will continue to through many years to come. The story of Bernadette

and the lady helps us realize the amazing miracles that God can perform. Lourdes is known

best for this story and the spring found in their little story.
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The spring is located Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, although the spring is a very

important structure there. There are many other things including, 22 separate worship places

and the offices of the Lourdes Medical Bureau. Within the 22-separate worship area there are

six languages spoken including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German. These

worship areas are also the churches where there are at least eight different chapels or

Basilica. The first one is called Crypt, Bernadette father worked on its construction and was

present at its official opening, on Pentecost Sunday, 1866. Now it is the smallest and oldest

church there. The second church was finished ten years later after Crypt and is called Upper

Basilica. But its original name is the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception named after

Mary and the interior includes stained glass with images of her. It is also known for being the

closes to the grotto with the water spring. Rosary Basilica was the third one and was

consecrated in 1901. The inside is circular and was partially funded by Ireland. Next, the

Basilica of St. Pius X, known as the Underground Basilica, is the largest church there. It was

completed in 1958 for the centenary of the Apparitions which was expected to have a huge

crowd. What is fascinating about this church is it is mostly underground hint the name

Underground Basilica. The latest one to be built is named Church of St. Bernadette. It is

positioned on the opposite side of the grotto; the reason is because it is placed where she

stood during the last apparition. The design is very modern and the building has a lot of

natural lighting and to help make it brighter the walls are also painted very light colors. If

you are going to Lourdes it is extremely recommended that you visit Sanctuary of Our Lady

of Lourdes, because of amazing historical background of all the different sections.

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Traveling to Lourdes would be very joyful. While there you can obviously visit the

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, but there are many other things you can see while there.

For example, you could go explore the outdoors and see some amazing view of the

mountains by going to Pic du Midi & Gavarnie Day Tour. There you can ride up the

mountains on the cable car and see a spectacular view. Another idea is going to Lourdes

covered market here you will find many types of food you can buy including cheeses, hams,

jams, and local delicacies. While sightseeing make sure you get to visit Chateau-Fort of

Lourdes and see the city in front of you as you climb the impenetrable fortress. While up

there you can see the Pyrenees and you could visit the botanical garden and the Pyrenean

Museum. Lastly don’t worry about finding a place to stay because the city of Lourdes has the

second most hotels in France after Paris, and even if you’re not into staying at hotel you

could even book your own castle varying prices between 96 and 487 American dollars.

Lourdes France has many pleasurable activities to do while visiting including going to the Pic

du Midi & Gavarnie and Chateau-Fort of Lourdes.

If visiting France, I would advise you to make sure you stay at least a couple of days

at Lourdes. Even though it maybe tiny there is so much history you can learn about and see.

The most recommended places include Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Pic du Midi &

Gavarnie, and Chateau-Fort of Lourdes. Lourdes is known as the healing shrine, for the

spring that preforms miracles.