80 km from Eugénie-les-Bains, at the foot of the Pyrenees, the city of Lourdes is one of the main Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. In 1858 the young shepherdess Bernadette Soubirous testified to the appearance of Virgin Mary in the cave next to Massabielle. Declared “Marian City” by the Catholic church, Lourdes receives every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world. It is also a Pyrenean city full of charm, nestling around its fortress which has hosted since 1921 the Pyrenean Museum and is dominated by the Pic du Jer, which can be accessed by a funicular railway.
Crédit photos : © P. Vincent 15-OT Lourdes