Barcelona, a photo a day

Lourdes


We went to Lourdes, on the french side of the Pyrenees mountains this weekend, a good 500 km from Barcelona.

What to say about Lourdes? 17.000 inhabitants, over 400 hotels, 6 to 8 millions visitors a year. Which makes it the second most touristic place in France, just after Paris.

They all come to see the place where a young girl, Bernadette Soubirous, had apparitions of the Virgin Mary, in a grotto along the river Gave. The grotto is on the photo above, and Bernadette has been canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church.

Miracles have also been reported, over 6000, but the Catholic Church accepts only 67 of them, and calls them ‘inexplicable’.

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9 responses

  1. What a gorgeous place. I'll take any miracle – inexplicable or not!

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    September 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

  2. Senses must have been amazed. A place I'd like to see as well. Please have a wonderful Wednesday.

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    September 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  3. it must be really interesting. i wish i could visit someday.

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    September 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  4. A nice intersting place, just a few too many tourists.

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    September 21, 2010 at 1:14 am

  5. What a beautiful place this is.

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    September 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  6. All visitors needed the patience of a saint, you and Mandy too 😉

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    September 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm

  7. A heavenly photo of a holy, special place! Thanks for taking us along with you!

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    September 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  8. I hope to have the opportunity to visit there someday!
    Thanks for sharing this lovely moment, and picture!
    Hugs
    Léia

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    September 20, 2010 at 7:55 am

  9. So nice that you could go. I would love to be there one day and witness what goes on.

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    September 20, 2010 at 7:41 am