Lourdes Basilica, France… Francia

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Our Lady of Lourdes
Lourdes is the world’s most beloved Shrine. Nestled in a valley in the southwestern part of the Hautes-Pyrenees, it is the scene of pilgrims gathering from all over the world.
On February 11,1858, the Virgin revealed herself to a poor shepherd girl, Bernadette Soubirous who was born in January 7, 1844. Eighteen such apparitions were reported. Bernadette, died in a convent in 1879. She was beatified in 1925, then canonized in 1933.
Her apparitions literally put Lourdes on the map. The town has subsequently attracted millions of visitors, the illustrious and the povery-stricken. The Church has recognized many “cures” that have taken place after patients bathed in the springs, labeling them “true miracles.”
Lourdes Grotto At the Grotto of Massabielle the Virgin is said to have appeared 18 times to Bernadette between February 11 and July 16, 1858. This venerated site is accessible to pilgrims both day and night, and Mass is celebrated there every day. The Statue of Our Lady depicts the Virgin in the posture she is said to have taken in the place she reputedly appeared, saying to Bernadette in Pyrenean dialect, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
At the back of the Grotto, on the left of the Altar, is the Miraculous Spring that reportedly spouted on February 25, 1858, during the ninth apparition, when Bernadette scraped the earth as instructed. The Virgin is said to have commanded her, “Go and drink at the spring and wash there.” The water from this spring is collected in several reservoirs, from which you can drink. Other Sancturies associated with St. Bernadette include the crypt, the first chapel built on top of the Grotto, the Basilica of St. Pius X. In town, there are the house where Bernadette lived, the Cachot, the baptismal font in the parish church, and the hospital chapel where she made her First Communion.
The Upper Basilica, at place du Rosaire, was built in the 13th century ogival style but was not conscracted until 1876. It contains one nave split into five equal bays. Lining its interior are votive tables. On the west side of the square is the Rosary Basilica, with two small towers. It was built in 1889 in the Roman-Byzantine style and holds up to 4,000. Inside, 15 chapels are dedicated to the “Mysteries of the Rosary”.
The oval Basilica of Pius X was consacrated in 1958. An enormous underground chamber covered by a concrete roof, it has 660 feet long and 270 feet wide, holding as many as 20,000. It is one of the world’s largest churches.
http://www.bestcatholic.com/lourdes.shtml

Lourdes es una bonita ciudad ubicada en el corazón de los Pirineos, que cuenta con un patrimonio religioso, cultural y natural muy rico. Cada año acoge a más de 6 millones de visitantes que vienen atraídos por la fuerza de su santuario, alrededor del cual existe una infraestructura hotelera de más de 240 hoteles, lo que la sitúa en segunda posición detrás de Paris. Su situación geográfica al pie de las montañas le hace ser también un punto de partida ideal para excursiones y visitas por los Pirineos.
http://rutamariana.com/que-visitar-5/entorno-de-lourdes/

La palabra “santuario” designa en el lenguaje religioso un edificio o un lugar de peregrinación. En ese sentido la Gruta y la Basilica de la inmaculada Concepción (Basílica Superior), construida por Mons. Laurence, el Obispo de las apariciones, constituyen el santuario original. Ulteriormente, todo el conjunto de iglesias y edificios que tienen como centro la Gruta recibe el nombre de Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes.
http://es.lourdes-france.org/estancia-en-lourdes

Santuario de Lourdes
Peregrinar al Santuario de Lourdes es una experiencia inolvidable que toda persona debe vivir al menos una vez en la vida. Lourdes acoge con amor a todos aquellos que se acercan hasta este sagrado lugar ubicado en los Altos Pirineos franceses (Hautes Pyrénées) y que llegan animados por esa fuente inagotable de fe que es la devoción a la Virgen María.
Hasta aquí acuden personas de los cinco continentes. Personas de diferentes procedencias, culturas, lenguas, edades y creencias. A pesar de esta gran diversidad, todos tienen en común unas actitudes y unos gestos: recorren el camino hasta la Gruta de Massabielle y tocan la roca. Rezan y renuevan su fe en la Virgen, conocen los lugares donde vivió Bernadette y rememoran los hechos acaecidos en 1858. Todo ello responde al llamado “Mensaje de Lourdes”.
Lugar cosmopolita y universal, el Santuario de Lourdes es actualmente el primer destino de peregrinación mariana del mundo. No en vano, son más de 6 millones de peregrinos y visitantes los que vienen cada año. De ellos, más de cien mil son enfermos que acuden en busca de alivio y consuelo.
http://santuariodelourdes.com

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