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Number of Listed Historic Monuments:4
Lourdes's Tourist Office Web Site

tourist sitesTourist Sites (in and around the city)

The Town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre Lourdes tourist site Grand Tourmalet Lourdes tourist site Cirque de Gavarnie Lourdes tourist site Pont d'Espagne Lourdes tourist site Pic du Jer Lourdes tourist site Lourdes Sanctuary Lourdes tourist site Pic du Midi de Bigorre Lourdes tourist site ...


Lourdesthings to do, activities, eventsThings to Do, Activites

"Fête du gâteau à la broche" Lourdes activities "Orpheon" Male Choir Concerts Lourdes activities Bigorre "Brotherhood of Garbure" Celebration Day in Argeles-Gazost Lourdes activities Classical Music Festival Lourdes activities Equestria Festival of Tarbes Lourdes activities Fête de la transhumance Lourdes activities Gavarnie Festival Lourdes activities Lourdes Museums Lourdes activities Madiran Classical Music Festival Lourdes activities Major Pilgrimages Lourdes activities Mutton Festival of Luz-Saint-Sauveur Lourdes activities The "Dog of Pyrénées" Festival of Argelès-Gazost Lourdes activities TRAD' AZUN Lourdes activities ...


Lourdes short historyLourdes's Short History

Lourdes is a town of just over 15,000 inhabitants in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées of south west of France. The history of Lourdes started 12,000 year ago, in the Upper Paleolithic, when, attracted by the welcoming environment, a human population settled here.
During their occupation of Aquitaine the Romans built on the hill overlooking the nowadays Lourdes a fortification that was later developed by the Visigoths, Franks and Saracens who successively took control of the region.
According to the legend the name Lourdes comes from the name of a Saracen leader who converted to the Christian faith and was given the...