Definitions for lourdeslʊərd, lʊərdz; Fr. lurd
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Lourdeslʊərd, lʊərdz; Fr. lurd(n.)
a city in SW France: Roman Catholic shrine famed for miraculous cures. 18,096.
Category: Geography (places)
A town in the French Pyrenees, and site of a large Catholic pilgrimage
, from the epithet of Virgin Mary as Nuestra Seu00F1ora de Lourdes.
Lourdes is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in south-western France. The former regional language of this area used to be Gascon Occitan, but has been largely supplanted by French as in many regions of France. Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes said to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. At that time, the most prominent feature of the town was the fortified castle that rises up from a rocky escarpment at its centre.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a French town in the dep. of the Hautes-Pyrénées, with a grotto near by in which the Virgin Mary, as is alleged, appeared to a girl of the place in 1858, and to which multitudes have since resorted in the hope of being healed of their maladies from the waters which spring up on the spot.
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