In the south western region of France lays one of the most idyllic communes in the northern hemisphere - the town of Lourdes. It is located in the larger Pyrénées department in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The little market town is renowned for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes that is said to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous.
For those who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of touring a large city, this is a nice small place to visit. Below are the attractions in the town.
1. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
This is the grounds surrounding the Catholic shrine - Our Lady of Lourdes in the town of Lourdes. It is considered to be one of the few holy sites in the Christian faith and you would be lucky if you get to pray at the holy grounds.
2. Rosary Basilica
It seems the little commune of Lourdes has more than its fair share of religious monuments. Among this is the Rosary Basilica, a small cathedral located within the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is a place to celebrate the Rosary (A subject that a better Catholic than me can better explain).
So you thought you have seen all the beauty that is available in our planet? Wait until you see the region of Hautes-Pyrénées from a funicular railway that links the pilgrimage town of Lourdes with the summit of the nearby Pic du Jer and you will change your mind. For photography buffs, this is your town.
4. Château fort de Lourdes
On your tour to the Seven Valleys of Lavedan, make sure you start at the Château fort de Lourdes. The castle is strategically located at the entrance of the valleys and is ancient enough to warrant your exploration.
5. Basilica of St. Pius X
The Pilgrimage town of Lourdes has one more attraction to share with you - the underground Basilica of St. Pius X. It is one of the most preserved ancient Catholic Churches and is part of Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary. This is the best place to say your prayers and make peace with God in the world.
Frankly, before researching this piece, I did not think that much of the town...but after the research, I think I will be headed there one of these days. It sounds like a nice place to visit during the weekend.