SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES (HAUTES-PYRÉNÉES)
How can we talk about miraculous springs without mentioning the most famous one in France? At Lourdes, millions of pilgrims leave each year with a bottle filled with water from the spring that the Virgin Mary herself made appear. On February 25, 1858, while speaking to young Bernadette Soubirous, she declared, "Go and drink from the spring and wash yourself in it." The spring gushed forth under Bernadette's fingers while she was digging in the earth. Since then, Lourdes has become the most famous Marian shrine in France, where the faithful flock in search of a cure.