A major centre of pilgrimage in Europe, Lourdes attracts many pilgrims from around the world. Many afflicted and disabled pilgrims flock to the city of Bernadette Soubirous every year.
The first pilgrims set out for Lourdes back in the 19th century and the practice continues today with fervor. Organised throughout the year, pilgrimages give the town of Lourdes a particular dimension, maintaining the aura of the city's healings and miracles.
Among the most important pilgrimage sites is the pilgrimage to the Feast of the Assumption or the pilgrimage of the rosary. Moments of reflection but also of meetings and exchanges, a pilgrimage can also help to raise awareness of disabilities and diseases.