Monday 13 February 2012


"The Lourdes authorities plan to move its baths for pilgrims from the crowded concrete building near the famous grotto to a field just across the Gave River that allows more room for a modern and more welcoming structure. The new facility should open in 2014. Announcing the decision, Jacques Perrier, the retiring bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, said the waiting area at the current site was not well suited for meditation before the bath and the building lacked individual changing rooms. The area was also said to be overcrowded during peak pilgrimage periods."

(Thanks to Richard King)

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