The verse that kept running through my head while within the Sanctuary: This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23). Click on the pictures for a higher resolution.
The Cathedral and its spire with the Pyrenees in the background
The fast-flowing River Gave de Pau
Inside the Sanctuary. A relief after running the gauntlet of souvenir shops
Going into the Grotto
Inside the Grotto
There's a place of contemplation in front of the Grotto where we spent a long period of time praying for all the intentions that people sent us. A group of French children were softly reciting the Rosary. The sun was shining brightly.
A closer view of the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes
The Grotto from across the river. We were there at low season as you can see by the sparse crowd.
The Basilica from across the river on one of the meditation walks exploring the symbolism of water in Scripture.
Central tower with Pope Pius X's portraits
From the porch looking out into the town. I simply loved the giant crown and cross.
The nave where it was cool, dark, and quiet
A stained-glass window telling St. Bernadette's story
A side chapel