Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lourdes Grotto in Baguio City

Simon is back in the Baguio area, this time visiting the Lourdes Grotto.


When you are planning to visit the beautiful city of Baguio, don’t forget to go to the holy shrine at Lourdes Grotto, Baguio. I am not a devotee but still was excited and curious to visit the place as my catholic friends used to visit there when they are in the City. It became part of their itinerary visiting the place. This Catholic shrine is a place of prayer located on Mirador Hill in the western part of Baguio. Inside the grotto is an image of Our Lady of Lourdes.

You have to climb 252 steps to reach the Lourdes Grotto. It offers you an excellent view of the whole Baguio city once you reach at the top of it. The grotto is a favorite pilgrimage site and devotees usually pray by lighting up a candle at the altar below the image and asks for the blessing of the Virgin Mary.

Lourdes Grotto was constructed in commemoration to the numerous visions of the Virgin Mary by a 14 year old French girl named Bernadette Soubirous. This incident occurred between 11 February to 16 July 1858, in the town of Lourdes, southwest France. The visions were declared authentic by the Pope in 1862 and this led to the authorization of the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

After strolling around the place I decided to buy some pasalubong to my family and friends. Then took a taxi to go back to the transient to leave those pasalubongs and have lunch with Jumong as he prepared our food for lunch. After having lunch, I took a rest inside the room, after 30 minutes of rest I was energized and packed my things to go other known places in Baguio.

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