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Evoking Lourdes in the Middle Ages
Evoking Lourdes in the Middle Ages

Evoking Lourdes in the Middle Ages

Evoking Lourdes in the Middle Ages is a historical itinerary reminding the medieval city of Lorda, former name of Lourdes, protected by its two rows of fortifications with twelve towers and nestled at the bottom of the fortified castle – place of residence of the counts of Bigorre since the 11th century.
This itinerary, partly virtual, transports the visitors some centuries back. The illustrated boards present a retrospective overview of the medieval city of Lourdes.
This itinerary which can be done in one hour includes eleven points of interest.
The Bernadette’s life path presents the small city of Lourdes, in its social and historical context, before, during and after the Apparitions of 1858. From the nineteenth century up to now, the visitor follows the evolution of the city and its necessary transformations to foster the crowds
This itinerary reveals, under the form of illustrated boards, the Marian city such as Bernadette knew and frequented it.
This itinerary which can be done in one hour includes seventeen points of interest.

3.3 km
1 h 30 mn
max. 412 m
min. 371 m
34 m
-22 m

Altimetric profile

Styles : BaladeDiscoveryIn town
Public : Occasional hikersSeniorsTeenagersSchool
Themes : CulturalPatrimony

Starting point

21 Quai Saint-Jean
65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0975Lng : -0.05065
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Saint-Jean Chapel

In Lourdes, the “cagots”, a population victim of segregation,...Read more

21 Quai Saint Jean 65100 LOURDES
Lat : 43.0975Lng : -0.050493
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Baüs Tower

The Baüs Tower owes its name to the cliff which supported the...Read more

57 Rue de la Grotte 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.095Lng : -0.049219
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Garnavie Tower

The Garnavie tower (13th century) was named originally the Guigne...Read more

12 Rue du Garnavie 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0948Lng : -0.048199
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Bonnette Tower

This half tower, situated in the southwest angle of the first fortification...Read more

3 Rue des Espenettes 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0951Lng : -0.046864
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Fortified Castle

The fortified castle was built in the Middle Ages on a natural defensive...Read more

25 Rue du Fort 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0964Lng : -0.048564
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Rue et chaussée du Bourg

The “rue du Bourg” was the main street of the city. Noble...Read more

35-37 Rue du Bourg 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0964Lng : -0.047947
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Ancient Saint-Pierre church

The Roman church was built in the 11th century and housed a necropolis...Read more

9 Rue Saint-Pierre 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0963Lng : -0.046381
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Sacré-Cœur parish church

The construction of the Sacré-Cœur parish church started...Read more

2 Place de l'Église 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0965Lng : -0.045421
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Arrieux Gate

At the bottom of the “rue Basse” was the gate tower of...Read more

24 Rue Basse 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0978Lng : -0.046708
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D’Embarrère Gate – Castle Ramp

This was originally probably a major gate tower because it led directly...Read more

1-3 Rampe du Fort 65100 Lourdes
Lat : 43.0978Lng : -0.048092
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Suspended gardens

The suspended gardens existed because of the creation of a bastioned...Read more

2 Rampe du Fort 65100 Lourdes
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