Shrines of Europe
The first apparition to Bernadette Soubirous, at that time only 14 years old, dates to, February 11,1858. She was blessed 18 times and at the same time, the first miracles were announced. Soon, the devotion to the Holy Mary made Lourdes known worldwide and the first pilgrimages started to arrive. The Esplanade has been opened on the left side of the Grotto and the little river that cuts the city of Lourdes in two parts. All the pilgrimages meet here and it is here that is held, every night, the Torchlight Procession dedicated to Our Lady.
At the end of the Esplanade you will see the Basilica, built in the year 1876, with two ramps that allow the pilgrims to reach the Basilica, while in the lower floor you will find the Church of the Rosary “du Rosaire”. Facing the Basilica, you will find the grotto of Massabielle, where Bernadette had her first vision, and to its right, its miraculous source. In a separate building, there are three pools where the Pilgrims can bathe. Day of devotions at the Grotto. Attend Mass, either co-celebrating or just for your group.
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.