Lourdes is a small town in the Hautes-Pyrénées département in
southwest France. It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination
in France and one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the world.
The small town of only 17,000 inhabitants receives more than 5
million pilgrims and tourists each year thanks to visions of the
Virgin Mary reported by a young girl named Bernadette in 1858. The
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes incorporates 52 hectares of
property and 22 places of worship, including a sacred grotto, two
basilicas, and a variety of buildings for pilgrims and the sick.
Outside the sanctuary, many pilgrims also visit the home of the
young visionary, St. Bernadette.
Paris is one of the most popular travel destinations in the
world for good reason. Beautiful architecture, historical sites,
top-notch museums, fabulous food, romantic strolls by the river...
Paris has it all, including plenty for travelers interested in
religious art and history. The capital city has played a key role in
Roman, Christian and Jewish history and this heritage lives on in
the cathedrals, monuments and artifacts these more devout times left