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The baths

Pèlerins entrant dans les piscines de Lourdes

On Thursday 25th February 1858, the Virgin Mary asked Bernadette "Go drink at the spring and wash yourself there."  Each year, 350 000 pilgrims do so in the baths of the Sanctuary.




The pilgrims often go to the baths as a step towards the confession . On the occasion of the approach to the pools, they are offered to present their petitions, make the sign of the cross and to pray freely Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette.

The baths are composed with 17 bathtubs made of marble and filled with water ofLourdes. The Hospitaliers help the pilgrims to wash there. The baths are free. You don't have to bring any swimwear: they are provided for privacy. Be careful, in Summer, you may have to wait for one hour.

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