Grotto of Lourdes Grotto of Massabielle
Grotto of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary
Among the most important places of Christian worship of the planet, which the Vatican, the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico are figures of symbols, the grotto of Lourdes is the third most visited Christian area in the world.
This cave, place of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, witness of thousands of cures, fountain of the miraculous water, rock walls smoothed by the passage of millions of hands of pilgrims, illuminates us as a moment of peace and compassion.
Thanks to its due energy virtues meets rock, water and the deity, the grotto of Lourdes transforms and accompanies us in the pursuit of happiness.
Grotto of Massabielle Grotto of Lourdes
At the heart of the sanctuary of Lourdes, near the gave de Pau, is the grotto of Lourdes called the cave of Massabielle and nicknamed the grotto of the apparitions.
This shallow cavity closer instead of a recess in a few metres deep into the rock to a real cave. The rock wall is wet and smooth essentially related to the friction of the millions of pilgrims. One of the sources from the limestone soil popped through a hole. This source flowing in and a side of the cave possesses miraculous virtues, of the mystical powers thanks to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
A statue of the mother of God, placed inside the cave, symbolizes the 18 apparitions of our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous.
This place, called before the first appearance the Tute to pigs, has been building on its top, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception de Lourdes, building on 2 levels.
Grotto of Lourdes: heart of the sanctuaries
Heavy rock in which the cave is dug called Massabielle. This means 'old rock '. A rocky wall of 27 meters high, the cave measures 3.80 metres in height, 9.50 metres deep and 9.85 metres in width.
This cave consists of 3 uneven openings: the largest has become a place of celebration of the mass. Above, a little to the right, lies an ogival niche of two meters in height. This is the place where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, visionary, between 11 February and 16 July 1858. To symbolize the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, a statue of 1.88 metres in height was installed in this niche on April 4, 1864. Thanks to a donation of two Lyon, it was produced by Joseph Fabisch, Professor at the École des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.
On the ground, at left in front of the cave, at the exact location where Bernadette Soubirous, daughter of Lourdes, is materialized by a plate: here requested Bernadette on February 11, 1858. At the bottom of the cave, on the left of the altar, one can see spring source that Bernadette Soubirous mit at the day on the indications of the Virgin on 25 February 1858 by scraping the Earth in the cave. This water is now piped to fountains, pools and the path of water. Behind the altar, is an urn where everyone can file his intentions of prayer. Before the altar, a plaque recalls the arrival of the Pope on August 15, 1983.