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Lourdes is a worldwide famous pilgrimage city, on the foothill of the Pyrenees. Each year millions of pilgrims come to visit this place and its sanctuaries where Mary appeared to Bernadette de Soubirous at the end of the 19th century.

 Whether you are a believer or not, the place is worth the visit.

Lourdes is also along one of the numerous St James routes called the Piemont (foothill) Route.

The Way of St James, or the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a pilgrimage route running across all of Europe with Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain as their final destination. People have been walking it – as a pilgrimage route –for over a thousand years.

This is the final stage in France before crossing the Pyrenees and reach Spain. The walking tour between the so fervent city of Lourdes and the authentic St-Jean-Pied-de-Port  winds its way on the foothills of the Pyrenees, starts in Bearn and ends in the Basque country, both very rich cutural places. by Cécile ( Ici&Là Nature )

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Throughout the year, millions of Christians visit the town sanctuaries, ever since the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous at the end of the 19th century.

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Walking the Way of St James  from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( 8 days ) : Click here . More information : cecile@icietlanature.com.

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The first pilgrimage started in 1858.

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Massabielle Cave or Grotto is the place where Bernadette said she had seen 18 times the Virgen Mary in 1858. According to her, Mary would have given her the indications to find a water spring which is still considered as miraculous.

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 This is the third Catholic pilgrimage place in the world after the Vatican and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

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 Each year 60 000 disabled out of 6 millions of pilgrims or visitors come from all over the world.

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Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( 8 days ) : Click here . More information : cecile@icietlanature.com.

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 From 19th century up to now, 69 healing were authenticated “miraculous healings”.

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Lourdes, the departure city of  the Pyrenean foothills route  ( 8 days ) :     Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – More information : Click here.

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 Before these Church-approved apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Lourdes was only a tiny village lost in a Pyrenean valley.

Today, the train station is one of the most frequented of France.

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The château fort de Lourdes

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Lourdes, the departure city of  the Pyrenean foothills route  ( 8 days ) :     Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – Click here !

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Lourdes, the departure city of  the Pyrenean foothills route  ( 8 days ) :     Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – More information : Click here.

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 Le Moulin de Boly : Bernadette’s birthplace.

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 In Lourdes there are more than 300 hotels, which ranks second behind Paris in terms of hotels number.

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Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( 8 days ) : Click here . More information : cecile@icietlanature.com.

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Basques espadrilles (rope sandals) are  locally made shoes.

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Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( 8 days ) : Click here . More information : cecile@icietlanature.com

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The Statues Factory

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Religious satues factory…

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The exhibition room.

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 Joan of Arc and Saint Louis of France.

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The factory can be visited.

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Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( 8 days ) : Click here . More information : cecile@icietlanature.com

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Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( 8 days ) : Click here . More information : cecile@icietlanature.com

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Orthodox Church

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56-lourdes streets castle

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Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( 8 days ) : Click here . More information : cecile@icietlanature.com

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The hike starts along the Gave of Lourdes (which is the mountain river running through the city)

Lourdes, the departure city of  the Pyrenean foothills route  ( 8 days ) :     Walking from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – More information : Click here.

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