The Fortified Castle watching over Lourdes

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The Fortified Castle watching over Lourdes

Perched on a boulder, the château fort of Lourdes surrounds the city, its population and tourists who gather each year in the religious city.

At the summit of this rocky headland, the Lourdes fortified castle is the last remaining defensive vestige in the city. Classified as a historic monument since 1995, its keep, drawbridge and portcullis have stood the test of time. Formerly a fortress to protect the people and surrounding trade routes, the castle was transformed into a prison under Henri IV - then nicknamed the "Bastille of the Pyrenees" - before becoming the museum it is today. From the top, you will be enchanted by the magnificent 360° panorama with a breathtaking view of the city, the Pyrenees mountains and the sanctuary that welcomes hundreds of thousands each year on the pilgrimage from Santiago de Compostela. The museum traces the history of the French and Spanish Pyrenees, as well as the life of local populations in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the enclosure, a botanical garden adds colour to the foot of the grey walls of the castle.

Château Fort and Pyrenean Museum of Lourdes
25 rue du Fort
65100 Lourdes

+33 (0)5 62 42 37 37