Pope John Paul II Mural
Car parked in front of a wall mural depicting a healing bath being blessed by Pope John Paul II , 22nd March 2008, Lourdes, France.
Lourdes was originally a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Following the claims that there were apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, Lourdes has developed into a major place of Christian pilgrimage. The spring water from the grotto is believed to possess healing properties, An estimated 200 million people have visited the shrine since 1860, and the Roman Catholic Church has officially recognized 67 miracle healings.