Basilica Notre Dame de Lourdes (Nancy – France)

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes was built in Nancy (France) in 1908, the fiftieth anniversary of the apparitions in Lourdes of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous.

Designed by Jules CRIQUI, thanks to the dynamism of the priest-builder, Monsignor Leon LOEVENBRUCK and the generosity of the faithful that the building shone rapidly throughout the region.

Construction stopped early in the First World War (1914), will resume in 1921, Monsignor TURINAZ, Bishop of Nancy, who vowed (15 August 1914) to complete as soon as possible this church if the city was spared from German invasion. The tower and the narthex were completed in 1934.

The tower houses 8 bells with a total weight of 14 tonnes.

Solemnly consecrated in 1924, the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes is the longest religious building in Nancy (76 m), and has the highest spire of the East of France (92 m) after the Strasbourg Cathedral. It is elevated to a minor basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1925.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes is remarkable especially for its stained glass windows (made by Janin and Benoît workshops), the paintings of Jules Schneider (Nancy artist born in 1884) and the scupltures (marquees) works of Victor HUEL, the great organ (made by Roethinger), the ceramic Crucis (Elchinger), baptistery (2008), the Altar (2015) by MALGRAS LEMBO, and many other works to discover.

Bernadette Soubirous, whose real name is Marie-Bernade Soubirous, born January 7, 1844 in Lourdes, is a French Catholic Saint.

Bernadette Soubirous testified eighteen Marian apparitions at the Grotto of Massabielle (France / Lourdes Pyrénées) between February 11 and July 16, 1858.

During one of these apparitions, Bernadette dug the ground to get water there. The water from this source is rapidly deemed miraculous and it starts to be a question of healing.

A commission of inquiry, set up by the Bishop of Tarbes, in July 1858, is in favor of these apparitions in 1862.

In 1864, following the recommendation of the Bishop of Nevers, she decides to go to the Sisters of Charity. Two years later, Bernadette is 22 years old and leaves Lourdes to enter St. Gildard convent in Nevers. She made her final vows in 1878 and died April 16, 1879, at the age of 35 years.

Bernadette Soubirous was beatified June 14, 1925 and December 8, 1933 canonized by Pope Pius XI.

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Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes (Nancy – France)

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