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Just spent the weekend -invited by an friend- in Lourdes. What a place. Weither your a strong believer or not; the place does something to you.
It's great to see so many people from all over the world meeting and greeting each other, looking for renewed strenght.

This photo was taken during the High Mass on sunday morning. Since the Pius IX is so enormous, the best I could do, was capture details like this. The people in wheel chairs sit closest to the altar. `The blankets are hand made by nuns from all over the world.

About the Pius IX:
The concrete basilica designed by architect, Pierre Vago, spreads out underground between St. Michael's Gate and the Crowned Statue. It was consecrated on 25th. March 1958 to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions by Cardinal Roncalli, who later became Pope John XXIII.
It is in the form of an upturned ship, and surrounded by a walk-way
The Basilica is decorated with 52 "Gemmail" images representing:

on the east ramp: the 15 Stations of the Cross
lower level east side: the story of the Apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette
on the west ramp: the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary
Although the decoration of the Basilica is austere it is improved with the addition 39 images of saints and martyrs from all over the world. A short biography of each saint is placed on the pillar next to the image.
Some statistics: 12,000 m≤; 191m long and 61m wide; 25,000 places.

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