Visiting Lourdes as a pilgrim
Each year, over 3 million pilgrims from around the world visit the Grotto in Lourdes in the South-West of France, entrusting their prayer petitions to Our Lady in the exact place where the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette in 1858.
Bernadette was humble, poor, sick and illiterate. Her joy and her strength are a model for all of us.
Nowadays people come from all over the world to pray together in the very place where the Mother of God appeared to St. Bernadette and where many miracles have occurred. Come to experience the grace and peace of Lourdes in the Gospel message of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette.
With proper sanitary protocol, providing safety to all visitors with special attention and services to sick people, person with disabilities, or person in needs, the Sanctuary Our Lady of Lourdes is open all year.